As my mother used to say, “I’ll be dipped.” I was not expecting to enjoy the second installment of “The Plated Prisoner” series as much as I did. Color me shocked. If you haven’t read my review of “Gild”, go check that out now! “Glint” was magnificent, and I give it a solid five stars.
Let me get into the nitty-gritty before I break things down.
We begin our story with Auren, our gold-touched King’s favored, in a precarious position. Away from home, away from her love, King Midas. You’re taken on a journey alongside her, taken captive by land pirates and then by the dreaded King Rot’s army. During her journey, we’re forced to question whether or not King Rot and his men are as dreadful as we’re led to believe. Auren develops friendships, though the weight of her true alliances begins to take a toll on her.
We watch as a once fragile, sheltered thing begins to grow strong. She learns to be independent and begins testing herself to see what she’s truly capable of.
From a storytelling perspective, this is far more in my wheelhouse. While I tend to enjoy books with heavier themes, I much prefer them to have adequate breaks between the heartache. If only because it’s hard to slog through scene after scene knowing that I’m just in for a world of hurt. I’m an optimist by nature, so I like to see some sliver of light worth holding onto.
We get that in this book. We get to see Auren flourishing and learning more about herself. Further, we get to see her around actually likable characters.
The mysteries of the world slowly begin to unfold and then we’re left with even more questions! Particularly surrounding a certain Commander Rip, though, I don’t like giving spoilers. You’re just going to have to read to find out more 😈
I had previously voiced frustration with some of the writing in the first book. I did not have the same complaints with “Glint”. Kennedy’s writing was very strong, very fluid throughout the entire piece. I am so glad I gave this book a shot because the second book was infinitely better than the first.
So much so, I think reading the first book was quite worth it! I am greatly looking forward the third installment, “Gleam!”
Have you read The Plated Prisoner Series? I’m keen to know your thoughts!
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