I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Well. This is sort of tricky. I was so convinced this book was going to be even better than the first because it had such a strong beginning but reading Waking Gods felt like riding a fast train that slowed down the longer it operated.
The first half was exciting and engaging, a solid 4.5 stars. It had what I hoped for after reading Sleeping Giants and it was so fun to read! The second half however, felt more like a 3-star read. It had more info dumps than the first book with some information being quite repetitive. There were also chapters with only one-line dialogues that could have used more substance.
There were plot twists I loved and some I didn’t. I found one twist quite shocking and I’m left questioning whether or not it was a good decision.
Waking Gods did bring more elements I’m looking forward to exploring. This book expanded on the world it’s set in but I’m also concerned about the change in the format of its storytelling. I’m hoping it doesn’t affect how well the following book will be received because this series has so much potential to be amazing.