THERE’S A FOURTH BOOK ARE YOU KIDDING ME WTF I THOUGHT THIS WAS A TRILOGY HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT FOR BOOK 4??!??!?
Okay, now that that’s out of my system…
The Shadow Cabinet is the third in what I truly thought was a trilogy, starting with The Name of the Star and following with The Madness Underneath. I’m not going to talk about plot at all, because that would equal series spoilers, and already my review of the second book is hidden away because of spoilers-like-mad. Instead, I’m going to focus on my reactions to this book, and this series.
The Name of the Star: Loved it. Loved it so much. One of my very favorite Johnson books. Loved it on reread, too. Awesome.
The Madness Underneath: Eh. Not as good. The book description felt misleading and some of the plots and character-changes felt very out of the blue. Maybe it would have felt better had I not just reread the first book before diving into this one. In any case, it didn’t quite live up to the first, though I still enjoyed it enough to want to finish the trilogy.
The Shadow Cabinet: I didn’t reread the previous two books in preparation, but that was no trouble. Johnson did an excellent job catching me up. The book gobbled me up instantly – and I don’t mean that I gobbled it. I mean that I was absolutely unable to escape it, and plan to give myself a little break before I read anything for a bit. Whew, what a ride! This book made the second book so much better (something that often happens with third books, I feel!). It had much more of the spirit of the first book, and all the differing plots started coming together. Loved it. Until…until…WTF THERE’S A FOURTH BOOK GAH!!! Okay. I still loved the book, but really? I have to wait for a fourth? Why didn’t anyone warn me?? Sigh. *starts eagerly stalking goodreads for release date and title and cover art*