***Note: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.***Breadcrumb Trail (The Yellow Hoods, #2) by Adam Dreece
Series: The Yellow Hoods #2
Genres: fantasy, steampunk
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In an act of desperation, inventor Maxwell Watt entrusts his son to secretly deliver plans for his completed steam engine to Nikolas Klaus, a master inventor in another kingdom. When the Fare, the nefarious secret society, learns the game-changing invention’s plans are en route, they accelerate their own scheme to neutralize Klaus on their path to reclaiming long-lost control over kingdoms.
Meanwhile, after a decade of relative tranquility in Mineau, local children have started to go missing—again. Captain Archambault suspects the return of the disturbing and depraved Ginger Lady. With the help of Tee, Elly, and Richy—the Yellow Hoods—the search is on to find the missing children before it is too late.
What is the secret that ties one of the Yellow Hoods to the Ginger Lady?
Who are the Red Hoods?
Enjoy this darker, edgier instalment in the exciting emergent steampunk adventure series.
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.