Book Review: The Fall (Thieves of Fate Book 2) by Tracy Townsend

Eight months ago, 13-year-old Rowena and ex-mercenaries Anselm and the Alchemist were pulled into a dangerous situation involving a book that contains the Creator's ongoing notes on nine selected beings and their lives. Now they're being offered a job to help Chalmers with his continued research. Meanwhile, Gammon attempts to get the aigamuxa on her side, and the lanyani work on their own plans.

Book Review: The Fall (Thieves of Fate Book 2) by Tracy Townsend | reading, books, book reviews, fantasy
Title: The Fall
Book Number: Book 2
Pages: 400
My Rating: 3 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Publisher


*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

This was another complex fantasy book in the series with a unique premise and some interesting characters, but I have to admit I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as the first one.

This series is turning out to be more epic than I generally like. I prefer to focus on one or a few characters so that I can get to know them and really connect with them. Since this was the second in a series, I was already connected to Rowena, Anselm, and The Alchemist, but their POVs only consisted of maybe half the book.

The other problem was all the description and explanation of the geography, the history of the world, settings, and machines that I just didn’t understand. I have a hard time concentrating, and history and geography were always my worst subjects.

But of course these are issues of personal taste, not things that make a book bad, and I can still appreciate that the world-building was complex and thought-out and that the POVs provided a lot of unique perspectives and a well-rounded view of the story.

And as I said, I really liked the three main characters. Anselm is especially interesting to me, very rakish and charming but with deadly claws (figuratively speaking). And the Alchemist, “sweet” is not a word most people would use to describe him, but that’s exactly how he is with Rowena. There’s also an adorable found family element between the three of them, especially between Rowena and the Alchemist.

This book also had more lanyani (tree creatures), so it was interesting to learn more about them, how they move and communicate and live and think.

Overall, this book skewed away from my own tastes a bit, but I still enjoyed the time I got to spend with the three main characters, and I think anyone who likes detailed world-building and an epic style with POVs on all sides of the story will enjoy this even more than I did!


Book Blurb

An apothecary clerk and her ex-mercenary allies travel across the world to discover a computing engine that leads to secrets she wasn’t meant to know–secrets that could destroy humanity.

Eight months ago, Rowena Downshire was a half-starved black market courier darting through the shadows of Corma’s underside. Today, she’s a (mostly) respectable clerk in the Alchemist’s infamous apothecary shop, the Stone Scales, and certainly the last girl one would think qualified to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders a second time. Looks can be deceiving.

When Anselm Meteron and the Alchemist receive an invitation to an old acquaintance’s ball–the Greatduke who financed their final, disastrous mercenary mission fourteen years earlier–they’re expecting blackmail, graft, or veiled threats related to the plot to steal the secrets of the Creator’s Grand Experiment. They aren’t expecting a job offer they can’t refuse or a trip halfway across the world to rendezvous with the scholar whose research threw their lives into tumult: the Reverend Doctor Phillip Chalmers.

Escorting Chalmers to the Grand Library of Nippon with her mismatched mercenary family is just a grand adventure to Rowena until she discovers a powerful algebraic engine called the Aggregator. The Aggregator leads Rowena to questions about the Grand Experiment she was never meant to ask and answers she cannot be allowed to possess. With her reunited friends, Rowena must find a way to use the truths hidden in the Grand Library to disarm those who would hunt down the nine subjects of the Creator’s Grand Experiment, threatening to close the book on this world.

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  1. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

    Ugh, I still haven’t finished this, and I’m so mad at myself. It’s just so different from the first book. I gave book 1 five stars and based on what I’ve read so far, this is not going to be another five star read for me.

  2. Flora

    It’s a shame when a subsequent book doesn’t live up to your expectations. :-( The question is, do you continue to the next book or leave it?
    I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, Kirstin.

  3. Olivia Roach

    Ah, it sounds like this wasn’t necessarily a bad book, but that it shows the series is going to go in a direction you didn’t expect and just isn’t one for you. I know what you mean about epics being overwhelming sometimes, especially as there is so much to keep track of. I love world building and reading all about it, but I know that isn’t for everyone! So no worries :)