Last year I read Holly Black’s White Cat. I really enjoyed it; illegal magic, forbidden love, male protagonist…what’s not to love? Over the last couple of days I picked up the sequel, Red Glove, and it was exactly what I expected it to be.
In Red Glove Cassel is being pursued by both the law and the Curse Workers. The workers want to bring him (and his rare transformation powers) into the fold and the law wants him to rat everybody out. Meanwhile, Lila has enrolled at Wallingford and Cassel is desperately trying to avoid her and her emotion-worked feelings for him, despite his love for her. Very early in the story Cassel’s brother, Philip, gets killed. Cassel’s life is changing in all the worst ways and he can seem to stop the trajectory.
Reading Black is always a treat. In this series she uses a lot of pared down, simplified prose. Her wording is beautiful, she conveys so much in a single sentence with as simple an explanation as possible. I really appreciate the style for this series. It enhances the storyline perfectly.
I don’t want to give up any spoilers, but this is a great continuation of the story. It is, tragically, very much a middle book. But, that said, it’s pretty fun. I’ll rank it a 4 out of 5 stars.
I really want Black Heart now.
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* Red Glove releases April 5, 2011.