Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly Black

Spoilers all over the place! Be warned!

3.75 stars. I really enjoyed the second instalment of the Curse Workers series, but it felt like a middle book all the same. The surprises of the White Cat have now faded and I was just trying to discern what else is there to be told about the story of Cassel. Fortunately, he’s a very likeable character, so it wasn’t hard for me to follow his gallivanting across the city (plus suburbs).

The complex relationship drama in his family is almost completely absent in Red Glove. We get a glimpse of his mother and the forceful way with which she imposes herself on her sons’ lives. I feel the trap closing in on Cassel, but I can’t help getting pissed at everyone for trying to force their will on him. Only granddad is reliable and solid. In White Cat I came to expect to see more of Barron – the middle brother – but now that SPOILER ALERT Philip is dead he seems to be in the shadow of his older brother more than he was while he was still alive.

Lila, on the other hand, is getting on my nerves. I don’t care about this character at all. I liked the memories Cassel had of her when they were young but now all I see is a mobster princess acting like an actual princess; and all the cons in the world don’t change her into the dangerous woman Cassel fantasises about. Just a girl. I prefer the friend Daneca who, sometimes, reminds me of Hermione Granger in her belief of what’s right and her determination to fight for worker rights. Sam is not Ron though, don’t get your hopes up. He’s just a stand up guy, likeable and a little goofy.

All in all, a good enough read but not living up to its predecessor. I hope the story picks up again in the next book, Black Heart. Enjoy.

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