The Fare have been out of action for a long time. A peace treaty enforced by the Tub have kept them in check. However, Marcus has had a long time to ponder the treaty and find the loopholes. When he discovers the plans for the steam engine are in transit, Marcus set his plans in motion. It was time for the leaders of the Tub to be put in their place and for the Fare to rise again. Aided by his granddaughter, Richelle, and her team of Red Hoods, he set out to do just that with the Hound by his side.
This is the second book of Adam Dreece’s The Yellow Hoods series. One thing to note about this series is they must be read in order. None of these can stand alone or you will find yourself confused by the characters that populate this fun series.
The fairy tales continue to come to life in this wonderfully crafted tale. This book is longer than Along Came a Wolf, but it needed it. Not only are the original cast of characters present, but we’re introduced to a whole slew of new people. As a matter of fact, we’re introduced to so many, it could be overwhelming to some to keep track of them all. The book starts off in the middle of an intense action scene. When you turn the page, you’re immediately sent back in time by 4 months. While this definitely catches your attention and makes you want to read to find out how Tee came to be in such a position, it might irritate some. However, we’re taken back to a wonderful scene in December, and Nikolas Klaus, along with his helpers, are loading a sleigh with toys to take to the nearby town of Mineau for the Winter Solstice celebration.
Continuing along, we meet our first new characters, Maxwell and Franklin Watt. Maxwell is the inventor of the steam engine that Simon St. Malo desperately wanted. Nikolas warned him about what happened and Maxwell sent his son off to Nikolas carrying the plans for the steam engine. While Maxwell only made this brief appearance in the book, I’m fairly certain he’ll make more appearances in future books. Back in Mineau, we meet Pierre de Montagne, someone the Yellow Hoods had saved earlier in the year. He was a hermit who lived in the mountains, but with their intervention that saved his life, he decided to become more social before his life was over. After awhile, we get to meet Anna, the head of the Tub. She immediately strikes me as “not a nice person.” When you read it, you will see what I mean by that. There are a lot more characters who make an appearance in this book, but you will have to read it to meet all of them.
All in all, it was brilliantly written and walks you right back to the starting point without a hitch. You get to watch how it all unfolded and how Tee managed to find herself hanging by the handle of her slingshot from the edge of a crumbling wall. I definitely would recommend this series to anyone and I can’t wait for the third book in the series to be released.