The second book in the Amberlough Dossier series, Armistice, brings the whole cast of characters back together for more intrigue, political scheming and plot intricacies. Donnelly has set an ambitious schedule for her world, and has a refreshingly diverse take on machinations, politics, gender dynamics and human foibles. That said, the world is dense. It is not linear and because of its depth, it’s more difficult to become invested in the characters than in book one. Two characters stand out, but the others seem to be stage setting rather than dimensional beings in their own right. The story is complex, and much backstory is necessary to begin engaging with this second outing. Once you get past that, the flow hooks you, and the ending is satisfying.

Cordelia, Lillian and Aristide have all fled, settling into the lives they’ve had to compromise for since the fall of Amberlough. Their secrets simmer inside them, and the dangers that face them are intense — should any spill too soon or in the wrong circumstance, the consequences could be dire. Espionage, cultural intrigue, fascism, nationalism — all face the test of our own humanity. Where will that test leave us? (TOR, May, 400 pp., $16.99)

Reviewed by: 
Victoria Frerichs