• Etta’s with Julian! Will he blame Nick for being lost? Or whatever it is Etta and Julian are?
  • OK, execution note: Etta hasn’t extensively told Nicholas of our time. All she’s told him is our time doesn’t have the same laws against inter-racial marriage and has progressed “a lot.” And he didn’t even want to know about the future soooo
  • Sophia might be a bit disagreeable, but she does know how to get the ball rolling.
  • Wait, isn’t checking to see if the door is open a viable option before jumping straight to the window?
  • I KNEW IT. I KNEW IT. They’re going to become friends. Oh I’m so excited to know how Nicholas reacts to this development.
  • I don’t like the way language and Li Min was executed.
  • Of course this guy is Etta’s father, who else???
  • I’m feeling extremely distrusting of Henry, although I’m sure we’re supposed to like him. It just feels off for some reason?
  • Wait, so the ring won’t come off? And yea, tell him Sophia. Nicholas hasn’t even bothered to consider Sophia as someone who might help him. To be honest, I’m wondering why she’s staying/helping Nicholas (other than revenge).
  • This book, with Shadows and curses, is rapidly crossing “magic in the real world” and heading straight for fantasy.
  • Execution note: It’s a little confusing honestly. Shadows can move in the night? But they’re just people. But once Nicholas and Sophia are inside they no longer worry about them?
  • OH DANG. Remus just pulled a Xenophilias Lovegood on Sophia and Nicholas.
  • Nicholas seems to be making an awful lot of mistakes in this book compared to the last. Is this something we were supposed to have noticed in Passenger?
  • So is Etta just leaving Henry to die then after the bomb went off? We weren’t given any indication of his state, but she just left??
  • Also why is Etta freaking out. When she left Henry, he was still alive? Henry told you not to follow Rose and you did anyway. That doesn’t mean Henry is dead.
  • OK, a note now that we’ve reached chapter 20.
    • It’s very difficult to keep track of what’s happening, as per time traveling books.
  • Of course now Etta and Nicholas are going to run into each other and Julian will be there and also Sophia. This will be a charming reunion.
  • Hmm… well I guess I’ll have to wait a little longer for them to reunite then.
  • YES HERE IT IS SOPHIA’S REDEMPTION ARC THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING TWO BOOKS FOR.
  • Ok, so I’m like forever away from Sophia’s redemption. And everything is happening very quickly and not super clearly. Here are a few things:
    • Nicholas, Sophia and Li Min are in the Vatican in a series of tombs where it’s supposed to be pitch black but everyone seems to know the movements of everyone else? Like, where to hit the people they’re fighting.
    • Time is passing quickly here. It’s like they aren’t on a time crunch, but aren’t they?
    • I can’t figure out what piece of the puzzle Etta is missing.
    • Everything in this book seems much more rushed and convoluted. We can’t even tell who the villains are supposed to be.
  • Ex machina: the door they just happened to walk into while avoiding the guy in Italy just happens to be the one with the passage in it.
  • Oh, SO NOW they’re on a time crunch.
  • OK, but how did Ironwood know Nicholas would be coming to kill him at this precise moment?
  • I can’t say I’m surprised that Nicholas is taking this deal with the intention to double cross Ironwood.
  • Who gave Etta the letter? How did she come across it? And how does the Belladonna know who she is?
  • Wait, Julian and Etta are in a cabin or a cave?
  • Well, I can’t say I’m surprised there is a misunderstanding. But for Sophia to exacerbate it and then Etta and Julian to completely reject it, that was an unexpected surprise.
  • While everyone (Nick, Etta, Spohia and Julian) is tousling around the ground, won’t it be hard to return to the auction now that their white robes have been on dirt and other earth stuff?
  • Well I did like the way this book ended. Where there was a happy ending that made sense but wasn’t tooo ex machina. Although it was on that line.
  • I’m a little confused by the Astrolabe. So because Nicholas destroyed it, he can open passages and take people though whether they have the ability or not? And he can still change the past I guess??
  • 5/10—I liked it. It was an entertaining read, but I think it lacked some polishing. Some things were rather ambiguous, and not in the good way. For example:
    • The pacing in this book isn’t as good as it was in Passenger.
    • It kind of lags in the middle of the book. I kind of lost interest. It seemed a little too drawn out.
    • I still don’t understand Rose’s whole plot. Was everything that happened what she wanted to happen? Did she want Etta to destroy the Astrolabe so she would have the power alone? Screen Shot 2017-02-24 at 7.27.33 PM.png
    • What about Ironwood’s Guardians. They were a huge deal in the first book. But now it’s like they don’t exist even though they’re all still running from Ironwood?
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