I came out of Thunderhead feeling a bit burnt out on this world and the story, but also hopeful for a satisfying conclusion and some fresh surprises to be found in The Toll.
As the title suggests, this book focuses a lot more on the Thunderhead- the all knowing technology that replaced government and that takes care of keeping everything running smoothly. Everything except matters of the Scythedom, that is.
What a great start to a series that looks very promising! The futuristic world that is explored in this novel was one of my favorite things about it.
I’m excited for what will come next with this series and these characters. This book wasn’t perfect, but it had characters that I really enjoyed and became invested in, and set up the building blocks for what promises to be a very interesting series.
I can’t say I’ve ever read a book quite like this one. When the synopsis said that Charles Manx can slip into hidden roads and take children to “Christmasland”, I assumed this was a tangible place he created that existed in the book’s real world.
When Echo finds her father near death in the snowy woods, she makes a bargain with a talking wolf: she will live with the wolf for one year in exchange for him saving her father.
I wasn’t entertained by this book nearly as much as I thought I was going to be, but my expectations did start out really high. I love everything I've read by Leigh Bardugo, and was expecting a lot from this.
This book is pure poetry. Of all the novels I’ve read this year, this one is easily in the top three.