The Tattooed Heart by Michael Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Here we have a book that continues its predecessor's use of weaponized fear and divine punishment, neither for pleasure nor profit. However, while the recipients of these divine punishments so very much deserve them (I'm really looking at Trent and Nicolet, some of the most nasty characters Michael Grant came up with who weren't the Gaiaphage or Drake), redemption is the more important theme of The Tattooed Heart. Everyone deserves a chance to set things right, and for many characters in this book, that chance comes along sooner than they think.
The ending of this book proves to be quite a game-changer, setting the stage for a totally revamped series come Book 3. I hope that our Servants of Isthil are capable of delivering on the promise - and knowing Grant, they most likely will.
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