SEQUEL: A continuation or conclusion of a literary work. This reader wanted, expected and was excited by the prospect of more Adventures with Saba and the Sidekick’s Rebel Quest. Unfortunately this outing was more a different book rather than a sequel. However in middle book fashion, it brought characters and baggage forward and doesn’t end the tale.
Big sister Saba left Emmi since the bonding was over; little sister Saba was absent since Lugh saw her differently now (’nuff said); Warrior Saba is searching for wurms, cages, female warrior gangs and treacherous crossings. Girlfriend Saba was missing in action and boyfriend Jack was ‘away’ though there were other candidates aplenty. Emotionally messy Saba was present and accounted for.
The names remained but not the characters this reader painstakingly invested in. This outing is the emotional balance to all that came before and hints of what is to come. Saba learned what she already knew … that actions have consequences, people change and today will not be the same as tomorrow or yesterday.
Though technically fast paced, this reader was bogged down with plot gaps and mis-matched holes from previous events, introspection, new characters and relationships, unwieldy threads and the obligatory geometrically shaped romance. Though consequences are a valuable lesson to learn, for my taste, there wasn’t enough ‘payoff’ for all the busy-ness of the read. This reader felt betrayed.