BOOK REVIEW: Intrigues (The Collegium Chronicles: Book 2)

collegiumb2In this the second book in the Collegium Series things are starting to get uncomfortable for Mags. For my review of the first book Foundation click here.

Magpie is an orphan, chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar and taken to the capital city, Haven, to be trained as a Herald. Here Mags is “recognised” by foreign secret operatives whose purpose is unknown. Can he solve the riddle of his parentage and his connection with the mysterious spies – and prove his loyalty – before the king and court banish him as a traitor?

In Intrigues, Mags finally seems to have hit gold in the Collegium’s library whilst looking for clues about his past when he discovers that his parents were foreigners and possibly even criminals. However his information comes at a terrible time – the Forseers have had visions of the king being assassinated by ‘one of foreign blood’ and have seen Mags with blood on his hands. Suddenly his world is turned upside down, with suspicion following him everywhere and even his friends doubting his intentions, Mags must prove his innocence and work out the true meaning of the visions.

Set a few months after the events in Foundation, Intrigues leads nicely into the next events. Again I felt drawn into the story, more quickly this time as I was already acquainted with the characters. I also felt this book had much more of a plot to it as all the background and set up had been done in foundation, meaning that this book could just dive straight into the action – of which there was a lot.

Mags is clearly on a mission now, learning how to spy for The Kings Herald, trying to find out the truth of the Foreseers’ visions all whilst learning the new sport of Kirball. I felt very drawn into the events of this novel and felt genuinely moved at certain points (you will know where I mean once you have read it). We are now slowly starting to find out about Mags’ background and where he came from.

However Potter raises his bespeckled head again and more so this time! Mags thrown into the middle of a dark prophecy, his class mates and friends turn against him and he is the youngest person asked to join the team for the game of Kirball (which he is very good at), etc. As much as I liked Intrigues, I did find that these similarities started to get a little annoying after a while.

At points you could see where the story was heading, which was a little frustrating as I was hoping to read something fresh and new. Whilst I appreciate that in the post-Potter days there will be a lot of similar story lines within other books out there (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief to name just one), I was just hoping for fewer similarities within one book.

That said, I am still looking forward to reading the final two novels in the series so I can find out how it finally ends. A good second novel to the series.

Rating: 3.5/5
Reporter: darkphoenix1701

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