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These Infinite Threads: This Woven Kingdom, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Characters still fascinate in otherwise stagnant sequel.

Book Tahereh Mafi Fantasy 2023
These Infinite Threads: This Woven Kingdom, Book 2

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This sequel lacks the excitement and intrigue of the first, but will still draw readers as it explores characters' internal struggles. What author Tahereh Mafi excels at -- digging deep into the suffering of her characters and the reasons for the difficult choices they make -- gets in the way of the storytelling. So much so that These Infinite Threads backtracks to the last few scenes of Book 1, This Woven Kingdom, and holds there for chapters. Readers already know what happened to Alizeh at the end of Book 1 -- how could you forget someone plummeting off a dragon?! We also know the trouble Kamran is in, trapped at the ball, his grandfather dead. Readers stew with him while he's incased in stone going over every misstep of his life, every person he thinks is against him, and every horrible thing he thinks about Alizeh now. It's a relief when his mother stabs him -- to get him free of that statue, but also get us free of his vengeful rant.

Chapters in, the story finally gets rolling, Kamran finds his footing amongst a few allies, some of them more welcome by him than others -- readers will enjoy the return of the ridiculous Miss Huda. Alizeh has a few shocks at the Tulanian palace where she's either to be a bride or a captive or more likely both. The sparring between her and Cyrus is a highlight. Romantic sparks fly, but he's all wrong for her, of course. Readers will be begging for an Alizeh-Kamran reunion as soon as possible, and (spoiler alert), will still be begging for it when this sequel concludes.

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