My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Duuuude this book got DARK.
The sequel to The Foxhole Court, this book continues the story of Neil Josten (aka not really Neil Josten) from the first book in his journey to play the (I’m still assuming) fictional sport Exy for a team made up by of a rag-tag group of rejects. Formerly, Neil had been on the run from his father and the crime family his father associated with. However, in this one, all bets are off as his running has come to a screeching halt when faced with some of the very people Neil’s been running from all along.
First off, without spoilers I can’t say all the things I want to say, but I don’t do spoilers in reviews, so we’ll just go with this took a very dark turn. Whereas before we had memories of violence and death and torture and stuff like that, and the single, off-screen death at the end of the first book, this one has some really dark things. There’s violence, there’s terrible threats, there’s torture, there’s psychological torture, there’s death, and there’s even rape. I can’t say I ever saw any of those things coming. I mean I expected some violence and dark stuff, but I sure as hell never thought there would be someone getting raped in this book, and definitely not who got raped.
It’s a hard book to read, shit got very dark, and yet I couldn’t put it down. I read the whole second half today instead of working on NaNoWriMo. This is just a real page-turner. I still feel that some stuff is dragged along for too many pages, so I can’t quite give it a 4* review, but if you know me, 3* is nothing to sneeze at.
It’s good. I definitely recommend it if you can handle those dark themes. I’m off to buy the 3rd book on Kindle as we speak, that’s how intrigued I am.