Fantasy (Teen), Series, YA Fiction

Review: Children of Daedala by Caighlan Smith – Children of Icarus #2

The second book in a YA fantasy series called Children of Icarus, featuring mythological creatures.

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When I was approved for this title, I had not realized that it was part of a series. I went through a lot of trouble to order the first book Children of Icarus and read it prior to this one. You can find my review of the first book here. While I did not enjoy the first book, I was determined to not let my previous experience cloud my judgement with this next installment. Here are my thoughts:

Children of Daedala book cover

Children of Daedala

by Caighlan Smith

Published March 1, 2018 by Switch Press
Series: Children of Icarus
ISBN: 1630790869

Data from Goodreads

Summary (Goodreads): Six months alone in the labyrinth has made her strong. But the search for the exit means gambling on an old ‘friend’ and going against everything she’s been taught to survive. You know the labyrinth will have yet more horrors lurking in its depths. You’ve learned few people can be trusted. But freedom is tantalizingly close. Are you ready to take the risk?

My Review

This book is an improvement from the first novel. But not by much. I still didn’t love this story as much as I had hoped. NB: you will definitely not understand this book if you haven’t read the first novel in the series!

The Pros: What worked for me

  • The main character – who still remained Nameless – wasn’t as irritating in this book as she was in the last. She came into her abilities a lot more in this novel so I wasn’t as mad when reading.

The Cons: What I didn’t like

  • There were too many new characters involved in the story and nothing about them was unique. All of them were so flat and one-dimensional that I struggled to tell them apart; I didn’t know who was an ally and who was an enemy!
  • While there was less violence in this novel, it was still unnecessarily used and overly graphic. And this is coming from someone who usually enjoys gore!
  • I also thought that the book was unnecessarily long. It could easily have been a good 100 pages shorter, without losing any plot. Maybe that’s because not much happens in the story. I kept wondering when things would get going but it never really did. I definitely felt that this novel suffered from second-book-syndrome in that it was just filler until the next book came out.
  • I also felt that there just weren’t enough questions answered. The first novel left me with a lot of questions and I was hoping this one would provide some answers. Instead, it presented more questions.
  • The story also lacked a solid backstory. I wanted to know more about how things got to be the way they were but that didn’t really happen, which was disappointing. I wanted more mythology and more explanations about mythology for those people who perhaps weren’t as familiar with mythology. This was definitely lacking in both books in this series.

Overall, this novel, while an improvement from the first in the series, was still not what I wanted or expected. Since it has gotten better, I’m going to give it a 2/5 stars. But I don’t think I’m going to be sticking to this series.

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