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With book two, we continue exploring Alex Roth's time at his original destination: the wizarding University of Generasi. Fool manages to capture the experience of being a University student vividly, while still keeping one eye on the prize: Alex's refusal of the call and how that will impact his life. J.M. Clarke does a fantastic job of weaving these threads together, while showing how Alex prepares for the challenges to come. A must-read if you enjoyed the first book, and there's still more to come.
Slice of life. Alex continues to expand possible loop holes from his 'Mark of the Fool'. Good progression of the character, friends and enemies. Some fighting, some humour, a touch of romance. All round solid 2nd book, setting up the conflict for the 3rd book.
I absolutely love this series and so happy that the author has been giving us such chunky books to chew through. The world building is stellar and I love the characters. Alex and his family are so real in their world and the development of each character is consistent and aligns with who they are. I love the depth and I look forward to reading more.
Mark of the Fool 2 picks up right where the first left off, with Alex’s sister Selina depressed after finding out that she had the potential to be a powerful fire mage, the same element that caused the death of her parents. It’s a powerful thing to happen and I was happy that this book gave her room to cope with it. Which she proceeds to do over the course of this book and probably the next few as well. Slow and gradual development is the deal with all the characters. And by this point there’s quite a significant cast. When I started this book I found I’d actually forgotten who a lot of characters were and had to go back and reread the previous book. However I was pretty tired at the time and it had been a while since I read the previous book so that might have been a personal problem. Anyway, while Alex and Theresa develops the most, as befits their status as the main characters, both personally and in their abilities. But it’s nice seeing everyone develop as well. It's nicely slow paced and takes its time, which might explain why it’s 830 odd pages long. But it never felt like it was dragging, and the pacing was pretty good. This was helped by the writer’s voice, which was energetic and funny in the right places, while still managing to have serious moments as well. It also managed to keep the same sense of a massive, living world as the first one, though Alex did become a little more of a main character in some ways. All in all, this was a good story, that gave me everything I was wanting and left tantalising hints of what will come next.
This book is just excellent. If you liked the first you’ll more than like this one - If anything it’s better than the first. Same as the first one it has something of a laid back pace for the most part but is so finely tuned in that regard. It’s almost slice of life in a way but never feels like it’s dragging it’s heels. It takes its time and things are explored in depth and detail but I never felt like I was powering though a part of the book to get to something I was more interested in as these sort of books can sometimes feel. The monsters introduced at the end of the first book are held back a long time in this one which was a smart move I think as I worried we’d have a switching perspective right till the end to build tension but really just build my annoyance - this was thankfully avoided. It’s really just very well written and I enjoyed it enormously. Same as the first everything is realised in vivid detail and feels thought out, the characters jump off the page and are charming, the wider plot is developed nicely while still keeping to the progression fantasy core I loved in the first. There may have been a few typos but none jump out in my memory what I do remember though is no logical inconsistencies or issues with how the plot flowed which can sometimes be an issue in books of this ilk. Really just 10/10 I loved this book. You might not like it if you want mile a minute action (not to say there’s no action) but if your looking at reviews you probably read the first in which case you will likely devour this and love it as much as me.
It is such a great, in-depth story with wonderful adventures and growing of all characters. The book took on sensitive situations with thought and trepidation from the MC towards problems. I like how Alex reviewed his mistakes and kept on learning from them and how he had to keep stopping the mistakes from crippling his advancement, finding a better way to do things each time, making him stronger
I've read a lot of fantasy and magic books over the years, but my all-time favorite parts of them is when characters make groundbreaking discoveries, if it's discovering new applications of known magecraft or if it's discovering completely new materials and information, it doesn't matter it's just awesome, and this book really hit the mark on it, it showed the process of actually discovering new information and how they used it and then how they used what they made from it. I absolutely love claygon