Book Review: The Valor of Perseus by Matt Larkin

Can I just say that sometimes, I read a book and am absolutely ready to exclaim about all the things and elements and pieces, and sometimes I just want to do nothing more than shout, “AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH”. 

This book, the second in Matt Larkin’s Tapestries of Fate series, is more in the latter category.

1. Thoughts on the plot

This book picks up directly where book one left off, which means if you haven’t read book one, you should. There is time travel, intrigue between gods and times and characters, and a whole lot of me going, “Oh, wait. No. That’s not. WAAAATTTT?” (If you want me to actually go into the plot, then know this follows, generally speaking, the myths of both Bellerophon and Perseus, only with Pandora’s involvement. There is also a lot more character development of Hekate and Athene and such.)

That is to say, this plot is fascinating and entertaining and I enjoyed it.

2. Thoughts on the characters

Honestly, this book felt like more of Hekate’s book than Pandora’s to me. Yes, Pandora was still the primary character, but I think a lot of her development (such as we saw in book one) remained a bit stagnant. That’s not a bad thing, not at all, especially since the plot of this book focused more on the heroes and Hekate than anything. I think Pandora actually served as a good counterpoint, since she was so steady. The other characters though, oh my waffles and bacon did they really put me through the wringer. I mean, COME ON!

3. Favourite part

That one bit of the epilogue where every theory I had was confirmed. YAS!

4. Critique

That one bit of the epilogue where every theory I had was confirmed now means that I have to go reread all the other books so I can put more puzzle pieces together. Congratulations, Matt, I now have to reread all your series.

Overall, I would say that this book is a great sequel and I am very excited to read book three, and the books following. Excellent book, as always.