Rowan Academy, the enchanted boarding school that is home to thirteen-year-old Max McDaniels and hundreds of other students in the magical arts, has a brief moment to relax. The respite ends when Dame Mala, a witch, visits Rowan to make a demand: centuries ago the school's founder, Elias Bram, promised that the witches could take any two students to permanently keep. Now the time has come for Rowan to complete their end of the agreement by handing Max and David over to the witches. Another journey lies ahead for Max and David, into the realm of Astaroth. The boys must locate the Book of Thoth before the Demon does, but there's a second reason for the journey. Astaroth is too potent even for Max and David's combined energies to stop, but can they prevent him from annihilating Rowan and all its inhabitants?
This book bothered me so much, I was just like, rolling my eyes and sighing frustratedly every few minutes. Characters: 4/10 Okay, so, first we have this Max person, who's gonna save the world (and you know it!) and who's also, y'know, 13, and the author makes him act like he's 30. I hate authors who write children like adults. (That's why I enjoyed the Outsiders more, I guess.) And then he's like all compassionate- with no boundaries. And don't even get me started on- Okay, so he is basically subverting the stereotype that "adults don't trust their lives with little children"- but it's happened so much that it's simply ridiculous. Max is not particularly smart either- at the end of the book, I feel he could've gone over to Astaroth's side and kinda spied for the Rowan people, which gives him a huge advantage when the Big Battle comes, 'cos Astaroth would fight against him with th bias that Max once worked for him, and the betrayal would be like sweet revenge for all that Mr. Sikes did. Like witches being old and all that. I mean, they're sort of different, but they're still old, and that's the longest-standing witch stereotype there is. Simply, the Orochimaru likeness was startling. It's like he doesn't even care what happens to his characters (see below). It's fine to throw in a couple MEANINGUFUL deaths/bad things, but he just makes the book look like the Great Plot Melting Pot. Oops, bad pun. Heck, Neff's gonna have one big mess to clean up in the third book, and I hope it wouldn't be as cheesy as the conclusions to most fantasy series- aka, Good Defeats Evil, Everyone is Happy, Thanks to Our Hero. There's no sign that he's enjoying this- in fact, during several parts it positively felt like he hated writing this part of the book- LITERALLY. Maybe that's just a personal preference though, I don't know. I'm too used to pTerry's wonderful writing to get used to this kind of hardcore fantasy, I guess. His lack of introspection also made me feel like no one was feeling anything, especially Max. Look, you've got third-person perspective- MILK IT FOR ALL IT'S WORTH.
The Second Siege turns that world upside down, starting with the arrival of a mysterious visitor who sets events into motion that will change Max's life-and the world at large--forever.
I was drawn pleasantly along in the first book sensing a story with remarkable potential and then like a roller coaster making its slow inexorable rise to the summit, the second book drops into free fall and you're on your way for a thrilling ride.
I am going to dare say that I was way more involved with the characters in this book than I was with the characters in Harry Potter.
Depois de ter lido o primeiro livro desta saga tive de ler o segundo, pois o primeiro deixou-me muito curiosa para saber o desenvolvimento das aventuras de Max e David e o que iria acontecer. Pois bem, em primeiro lugar vou fazer uma breve descrição do enredo, muito muito por alto: Depois do primeiro ano em Rowan, Max prepara-se para o seu segundo ano. Uma viagem de Rowan para a Europa, que começa a ser dominada por Astaroth e pelos seus lacaios, com aventuras constantes e perigos imensos é o recheio principal deste segundo livro. A luta pela posse do Livro das Origens, disputada entre David e Max e Astaroth é a base para este maravilhoso volume. Quanto às personagens, vê-se um claro desenvolvimento psicológico de todas, em especial de Max. David é sempre bastante misterioso e estou imensamente curiosa para saber mais sobre ele, porque é a minha personagem favorita.
Usually 2nd books are more of the first but just better since it barely needs to build the world more and focuses instead on the characters.
Any of you who actually follow my reviews may have noticed that these books have been listed as "currently reading" for a while as I add the books in the series. When I reviewed the first in the series I noted that the resemblances to the Harry Potter books was almost inescapable.