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Chapters 3-7: The Story Picks Up

Wow, what a rollercoaster this book is. The action levels certainly increase after the introductory chapters. Although at the minute, there are heaps of characters who I don’t really understand and a lot of things happening that don’t seem to make sense, I’m sure it all will as the book progresses. Like I said before, I think that Chess is a really likable character. She has that casual, naturally funny and witty attitude. One example of when this is seen is when she says, “They couldn’t string a straight sentence together to save themselves,” in Chapter 3. I think that the way she talks and views the world feels a lot like many other teenagers I know. Although I don’t normally choose fantasy novels (except for a few exceptions… cough cough HP) I am actually really glad that I’m reading this book, particularly because of how much I like the voice of the main character.

Another note re. chapter 3, I can already tell I’m going to like Jules. For those of you who’ve read the “Dorothy Must Die” series, she reminds me a lot of Jellia. I think that they both have that same sort of demeanour and respect for authority. They also both interact with the protagonist in similar ways. I mean, there are some key differences but to me they seem quite similar.

In Chapters 4 and 5, more of the story is explored and we learn more about the mysterious man from the V&A that morning. While I’m not quite sure what to make of him, I feel like he will turn out to be a good character, although I don’t think Chess will trust him for quite some time. He seems detached and like he cares about Chess because of what she can do politically, rather than her as a person. I hope that this is different from her relationship with Marshall.

In Chapter 6, when Chess runs into a character from her past, I think that we as readers are only left with more questions. Who is he? Why can’t she access her memories? What else might she have forgotten? In this chapter, her distrust towards others is also very visible. From what she experienced in her childhood, I think that we as readers can understand why she loathes authority so much.

Further on, I think that we are shown another glimpse of “magic” in Chapter 7, when the doctor helps Chess with her panic attack by what seems to be absorbing the feelings. I guess that more about Chess’s magic and the magic of others will be revealed later, but I am enjoying the glimpses we are getting.


How is everyone else travelling with their reading? I would love to hear your thoughts!!



It's a hard read, and not because it's complex. It's hard to keep myself reading because it's really hard to keep interested. I really like fantasy, especially set in the modern world, but this just isn't really clicking for me.

26th Oct, 19

I can see what you mean. I love the concept and the characters. I really want to know what happens next. But I think the way that some things are over-explained or made super obvious is getting to me a little.

26th Oct, 19
inky State Library Victoria

What other fantasy set in the modern world do you recommend?

3w ago

In reply to inky

Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter's Universe (especially the prequels and sequels, the main series is a little less developed compared to her prequels and sequels imo) is a good urban fantasy series. Also Harry Potter (although the Wizarding World and Muggle World are quite separated), Percy Jackson Universe, Scott Westerfield's books (although a lot of them are sci-fi [What separates sci-fi and fantasy? They're essentially pretty similar]), Skullduggery Pleasant (which I've just started!), Artemis Fowl and loads more! You can find a conclusive list here.

2w ago
inky State Library Victoria

In reply to bookwithbane

I love Skullduggery Pleasant! Thanks for the recommendations!

2w ago