Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Review: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
Over at Strange Horizons, I review Rachel Hartman's Shadow Scale, the sequel to Seraphina, one of my favorite books of 2013. One of the things that most impressed me about Seraphina was how it managed to juggle so many characters, plotlines, and worldbuilding details without ever seeming overstuffed or rushed. Shadow Scale doesn't quite manage that trick--it's longer, more episodic, and less focused than the previous volume. That said, there's still a lot in it to love--the novel's world, characters, and ideas are as fresh and interesting as they were in Seraphina, and Hartman still combines an exciting fantasy plot with a smart exploration of issues of gender, race, and identity. She's one of the more interesting writers currently working in YA fantasy, and I look forward to whatever she does next.