Adventure (Teen), Series, YA Fiction

Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken -The Wolves Chronicles #2

One of my biggest problems is completing a series. Often, I will start a series with great enthusiasm, and read the first 3 books as soon as possible. But eventually, I begin to slow down, especially as I wait for the next book to be released. Before I know it, I’ve stopped reading the series and have forgotten about it altogether. Well, I’m going to fix this bad habit of mine – starting with the Wolves Chronicles by Joan Aiken!

When we last met Simon, he had received an invitation from an old friend to come to London and pursue painting at an art school. But when Simon arrives, he finds no trace of his friend. Instead, he is unwittingly drawn into the middle of a heinous plot to overthrow the good King James and the Duke and Duchess of Battersea. With the helpful of his friend Sophie, and a resourceful young girl named Dido, Simon is faced with the task of foiling the plot and saving all those he loves.

Like its predecessor, this novel is fun and quirky. There are loads of things that are simplified or incredibly unbelievable but they are presented in such a fun way that you really don’t mind. Or at least, I don’t. I liked that this novel featured Simon; he was an interesting character in the previous novel, and this one allowed me to get a better glimpse of him. There were times when I wish the author had given a bit more detail; I’ll admit that I was confused when the character of Sophie was introduced and if that had had a little bit more information, then this novel would have been even better. What I like about this story is that it is short, sweet, and entertaining from beginning to end. I was also surprised to read about Dido; her character was the reason I got into the series in the first place so seeing her introduction here in this novel was really great! Overall, this novel was just as good (if not better) than the previous one in the series, with lots of adventure and entertainment along the way! Can’t wait to read the next book in this series!


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