Here we are at the second book of the Heartland Trilogy (well, 3rd if you count the short story) and it’s even better than the first. We’ve got it all here. All of our heroes plus some new interesting characters. We see the lives of those at the top, the bottom and even the gray independent area. I have to admit I didn’t expect too much to be happening.
But let’s get to some basics and let me warn you – if you haven’t read the first book, this review will contain some spoilers from it. If you have read it, you have nothing to worry about.
Blightborn (The Heartland Trilogy #2) by Chuck Wendig
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
With our heroes spread all over the world we’ve got some switching of perspective. It’s especially noticeable in the first chapters when author jumps from Gwennie to Cael and to Boyland.
Gwennie and her family are now on one of the sky flotillas. But it seems the lottery they’ve won wasn’t much of a blessing. All the luxuries they were promised, the happy new life on flotilla were a lie. Each member of the Shawcatch family was separated, taken to some other family and jobs. Gwennie intends to find them and take them back home. But how can she do that being trapped in her new protector’s home, cleaning up his stables, being cut off from information?
Cael wants to get to flotilla to find Gwennie. It doesn’t matter for him that the lottery promised her a good life, he needs her with him, misses her. He will do anything to get Gwennie back. Right now he’s speeding together with his crew to the closest provisioning depots. He wants to sneak onto one of the transport ships. He and his friends will find way more than what they’ve bargained for.
Boyland, together with Wanda and others, were hired by Agrasanto to catch the escapees – Cael and his crew. The problem is they all have their own agendas.
That’s just a tip of the iceberg. Everything that’s happening all over the world. And I only mentioned people we’ve met in the first book.
I admit, the story might seem a little slow at times, but there are a lot of details and plot the author put into this book. The world he crafted was well thought through. The places, the people, it all fits in together. It’s true the book is almost 200 pages longer than the first one and I had moments of weakness when I’ve started reading something else, but I’m not saying it’s boring. There’s no way you’ll get bored reading this book. You have to stay on track not to miss anything or you’re lost.
Our heroes will have some tough decisions to make. They will go through some changes that will affect their lives. Some will find what they wished for. Some will have to completely rethink their future.
What bothered me a little was that apparently Gwennie, Wanda and even Merelda were irresistible for most men around them. Suddenly people want them, care for them, protect them. I don’t really like when authors create those irresistible characters for no reason. If there only was an explanation, but there,s none here. Let’s take Sookie Stackhouse – she’s also one of those loved-by-all characters, but author managed to give a reason for that. In Blighborn those girls seem completely normal, yet so many boys and men wants them.
Right now I’m already thinking of reading the last book. No NetGalley this time as they’ve already archived this book before I managed to request it, but I’m going to buy it and read it and let you know what I thought about the end of this trilogy. I have to know how will it all end.
And here are the links to reviews of book 1 and the short story:
- The Wind Has Teeth Tonight: A Gwennie Story (The Heartland Trilogy 0.5)
- Under the Empyrean Sky (The Heartland Trilogy #1)
Have you read those books yet? Are you going to? Let me know what you think 🙂