** spoiler alert ** Magical. This book draws you in and carries you away to far off wonders and places.
I am happy to say that this is one of those books that you have to read AFTER you have read the first book, and same with the last book. All the stories tie together and are confusing if read out of order.
This being the second book in the series; as a reader, you will be in the middle of what is going on. You get to feel the book and really understand it.
I love how descriptive it is, yet it can lead you astray and I found it confusing at parts.
The idea that Dandelions are magical and every colour has a flavour, its brilliant and original. I highly recommend people to read this series, it is an entrancing adventure which makes you want to find out what happens next.
Once again, I found that Frank Willis was a strange character again, he has always been so, and it wasn't as bad as in the first book. What made up for it was his annoying brother. Though he was a big man (not fat) his character shared similar traits within the annoying department as Frank.
I loved Zeke Johnson and Henry, the two of them are just great. The budding friendship they share is promising and makes you value the friends that you have.
Darius was a got me so frustrated. I couldn't understand him, he had no logic to his actions and he made no sense, whether that was because of being possessed by Nimiane is possibly part of the reason, it still is annoying and unreasonable. The whole naming ceremony and "christening" as it is called, was just weird, but after reading the book a second time, I understood more about it.
When Darius blew the house out of Kansas I was very intrigued and interested in what would happen.
I loved the description of every door opening and closing several times along with rushing wind and shattering glass. I held my breath as I read on, imagining the whole scene taking place and hearing the glass and wood break. It was spectacular. A truly suspenseful moment.
The character I hated most was Ralph Radulf. He was mentioned only briefly in the first book. (He was the one who had written the letters to Henry)
He was pompous and his character was proud and stuck up. He was unwilling to listen to anyone else and only cared for himself, even though he was "For the Fearen" He never really got a good punishing and I wish for more, but there is still a third book, maybe something will happen then.
I never really got a good background on Roland. Tate at least was remembered as the sandwich guy, although he calls it a "gambler".
I was actually sad to find out that they were killed. It happened literally so fast. They were there, and I was imagining the scene in my head, I was living it...feeling it. Then they were gone, and as it was written: Roland's limbs were unnaturally displayed.
I was sad from the sudden loss and could not believe that henry didn't feel the same. He must have been in some sort of shock.
When Eli died, I dropped my jaw. He had been with me since the middle of the first book and on until his tragic, yet heroic death at the end on the second book. He was mentioned once in the third book so far (I'm still reading the third book), and it was a reflecting memory for Henry: he had stood at the spot where Eli had died for him. I was surprised that Henrietta had not been more sad, since she had spent a large chunk of the book with Eli. However, Henrietta's feelings are never really expressed in the book. It comes down to what we as readers would assume how she felt, and what that loss had done to her.
When Henry finally meets his father, it was without it's cheesy family moments. The sudden twist and surprising outcome was so close to being different and almost devastating. Luckily for Henry he can't throw straight.
Mordecai, is a very strange name and it almost bugs me, but that is what N.D Wilson wished for his character, and since I like his books, I will go with it.
I was sad that Blake was not in the book that much. I was even more sad that I had forgotten about him, then at the end, Blake is indirectly mentioned and I was wondering "where did that come from?"
Then I realized... BLAKE! I felt terrible for forgetting a crucial Character in the first book, and like I said before, Blake doesn't talk, he is just a cat, but he is such a key part to the story, that it would be very different without him.
It is nice that everything works out in the end and that Kansas is still accessible from the mudroom door.
I was sad that the Willis' didn't move back to Kansas, but I found it sweet that Frank had managed to come back home and now was living there with his family.
This book is a magical fantasy and has adventure running through its words. I highly recommend reading it and I can't wait for this series to be made into a movie.