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I've really enjoyed the first two books in the series
9 April 2017
I've really enjoyed the first two books in the series, The Clockwork Sparrow and The Jewelled Moth and was anxious for The Painted Dragon. In my opinion, this latest wasn't as well developed or as intense as the previous two. The ending especially seemed a bit forced and new characters that I expect we'll be seeing again didn't get as developed as I would have hoped. Nor did the old friends increase in depth of character or their relationships with one another. Hardly any new information was revealed, leaving me feeling that I hadn't gained anything that I hadn't already guessed. The book was an enjoyable lark of a read but I look forward to the fourth installment with hopes that it will bring Sophie's mystery full circle and we'll get to know the main characters and their new friends better.