Book Review: Children of Daedala

Children of Daedala by Caighlan Smith
Rating: 5 stars
Published: 4/1/2018
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
Read: 12/5/2017

Summary from Goodreads:

Six months alone in the labyrinth has made her strong. But the search for the exit means gambling on an old ‘friend’ and going against everything she’s been taught to survive. You know the labyrinth will have yet more horrors lurking in its depths. You’ve learned few people can be trusted. But freedom is tantalizingly close. Are you ready to take the risk?


I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

There will be spoilers in this review for Children of Icarus.

So. This book brought me the closest I’ve ever been to throwing my computer. Goodreads lead me to believe this was a duology. It’s very much not. I kept waiting for my big questions to be answered and for the wrapping up to start. Nope. I still have all the questions, and this book went and ended on a GIANT CLIFFHANGER. I can’t even. I literally wanted to scream when I finished reading this. So just FYI, this is NOT A DUOLOGY. There will be more. Which is both awesome and majorly sucks, because now I have to wait forever for the next one. I don’t know HOW I’m going to stand that. HAVE I USED ENOUGH CAPS FOR YOU???

Ok, I’ll calm down.

This book picks up six months after the narrator enters the labyrinth. And no, she still hasn’t told us her name, though she is called Fay Bell by others. So at least there’s something to call her other than not-Clara/Nameless/the narrator. That’s cool.

Since The Executioner’s death, Fay Bell has been debating how she will get the journal translated. She’s obviously not welcome at The Fates, and though she’s run into two other factions of Icarii, she doesn’t trust anyone from either group enough to show it to them. Luckily, she saves several people from The Fates and just so happens to claim one as a hostage, who she will exchange for Addie, the only person at The Fates who can translate ancient Daedalic. She just might be able to find the way out of the maze. But of course, things don’t go as planned.

There was something mentioned in the last book that made me think that there had to be other groups of Icarii, so it was really cool to finally meet and have so much interaction with both groups. But oh my, are there so many double crossings and betrayals. I mean, you see some of them coming, but some of them are unexpected and cold.

In an attempt not to spoil it, I’m not going to get too detailed on the “romance.” There really isn’t a whole lot, and it’s not super clear if it is going to happen, especially since there’s another one or two kind of in the way, but I so ship the unexpected option. Their relationship, when they’re being nice to each other, is just so cute.

And that ending. Just. Ugh. You get worried for a minute, cheer for like half a second, then dread, and then it’s over. Just over.

Oh, and something I saw a lot of on Goodreads that really annoyed me: if you read a book that’s the second in the series, without having read the first, don’t call it confusing or vague or say it doesn’t explain the backstory. And especially don’t give it a low rating because of your mistake. Go read the first one and reread the second, and give it a real rating. *eyeroll*


Have you read Children of Daedala? What are your thoughts? Do you like reading ARCs or galleys of in-progress series?

 

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