This week, the second book in the series was released and I couldn't be happier. The Broken Lands is set before the events in The Boneshaker with new leads, but some familiar faces are here as well. Where book 1 is set in a small town, this one is set in NYC in a very urban crossroads. A certain someone (not going to say who) wants to take the city, and its up to Sam, a young card sharper, Jin, a girl with a flair for pyrotechnics, and their friends to stop them. I love how Milford wove the history of the place and people into the narrative. Again we have a cast of characters who felt so organic, with responses true to character. There is danger, problems to solve, people to find, and the clock is ticking.
This is a series that I just lose myself in, and all of a sudden I've gone without sleep because I need to keep reading. The illustrations by Andrea Offermann are gorgeous and completely fitting with the story. These are books that I am saving for the kids alongside my Harry Potters. Beautifully written, smart, and stories with a lot of meat to them. I also enjoy the folklore treatment. It's familiar and yet I also haven't read many stories dealing with the crossroads, especially not ones for a younger audience, so it felt unique to me too.
There is also a novella, The Kairos Mechanism, that links the events of the two books. It contains artwork by teen artists and will be released as both a paperback and an eBook. Go here for more info on the project and how to get it. I haven't read it yet, but you better believe I'm going to be reading it soon!