Last year I read Rampant by Diana Peterfreund and I quite liked it. Enough to recommend it to others, and enough to want to pick up Ascendant when it released this year. My initial knee jerk response to the sequel was one of disappointment. I didn’t much like the beginning of this book. And then fifty pages in I got over that.
We pick up in Rome with Astrid living in the Cloisters, lamenting her fate, and wilting under the constraints of the gruesome task set upon her. The Cloisters has lost its funding with the withdrawal of support from Gordian Pharmaceuticals and is struggling to keep up. Enter the Vatican, and fatigue habits, and a new attitude, and a whole lot of things get weird about this book. At one point Astrid gets put in a position of sympathy towards the deadly beasts she has been killing, which adds a whole lot of confusion, and a great story.
These books are great to read. Not perfect, but compulsively readable. I’m glad I pushed through the initial blah of the beginning, which may have been me playing sequel catch-up until my memory was jogged anyways. That said, I enjoyed it very much.
4 out of 5 stars.
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