Title: Quests for Glory
Author: Soman Chainani
Series: The School for Good and Evil
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The School for Good and Evil
2. A World Without Princes
3. The Last Ever After
Date Started: October 2
Date Finished: October 4
Format: Hardcover from local library
Join Sophie, Agatha, Tedros, and the other students as they begin a new era in the Endless Woods—The Camelot Years—where Evers and Nevers alike must move beyond the bounds of school and into the biggest, boldest adventures of their lives. The students at the School for Good and Evil thought they had found their final Ever After when they vanquished the malevolent School Master. Now, on their required fourth-year quests, the students face obstacles both dangerous and unpredictable, and the stakes are high: success brings eternal adoration, and failure means obscurity forever. For their quests, Agatha and Tedros are trying to return Camelot to its former splendor as queen and king. For her quest, Dean Sophie seeks to mold Evil in her own image. But soon they all feel themselves growing more isolated and alone. When their classmates’ quests plunge into chaos, however, someone must lead the charge to save them…
When I found out that there was going to be another book in this series I have to admit that I had mixed feelings about it. On one hand I was kind of disappointed because after the way The Last Ever After ended, things were tied up nicely. Characters that I couldn’t stand redeemed themselves in my eyes. But on the other hand I was kind of intrigued. What could Chainani possibly have in store for our cast of characters now?
As it turns out, a few new tricks. Tedros and Agatha are trying to rebuild Camelot. Sophie is adjusting to her new ending as Evil’s Dean. And the others are off on their quests for glory to show that they are worthy of being storybook heroes and villains. But something Evil is in the Woods, named the Snake and he’s ruining everything. He claims to be King Arthur’s first born son and that’s why Excalibur will not be removed from stone by Tedros’ hand. There’s also things about Truth and Lies that gets so circular it gets kind of ridiculous.
And as usual Sophie, Agatha and Tedros drive me absolutely bonkers. Granted, not so much Agatha and Sophie this time around, they’re friendship is actually the stablest one in the whole book. Although Sophie by herself…she’s still full of herself and airheaded. But the one that was bumming me out was Agatha and Tedros. I mean, I’ve never really liked this relationship to begin with, but I thought for sure this duo had finally gotten their Happy Ending! I was so disappointed when they went back to their old ways of not trusting the other, and trying to protect each other too much that they missed things. And then Tedros! The guy really needs to take a chill pill. It just goes to show why sixteen-year-olds aren’t allowed to run for positions in government. Most of the time they don’t have good heads on their shoulders. Always quick to blame and action. *sigh*
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. The plot was good, mostly. There still that issue of Truth and Lies and what it means to the stories that I’m still trying to figure out. Not to mention other plot points – that I really won’t get into because this book was just released a few weeks ago – that still have me scratching my head. But characters have really jumped backwards in character development, which is sad.
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