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Sophie and Agatha thought their fairytale was over. They'd returned to Gavaldon and broken the curse. They'd gotten their Ever After.

Sophie and Agatha thought their fairytale was over. They'd returned to Gavaldon and broken the curse. They'd gotten their Ever After. But when the gates to the School for Good and Evil are opened once more, they are flung into a dramatically changed magical world.

 

A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani is the sequel to The School for Good and Evil, which set a high precedent. This book was not as magnificent as the first book, but was still superb.

 

Chainani's writing is always phenomenal, with gorgeous descriptions and fast-paced- yet still clear- narration. There is also that ever-present fairytale tone, as well as the effortless humor.

 

Then there are the characters. Believable, memorable, and complex, they come to life and take you on their adventures, making you share their hardships, triumphs, and heartbreak.

 

However, the story of the book was a slight downer. The beginning was great and the last quarter was intense and brilliant, but in the middle, I often found myself asking, “What is this book doing?” It was very weird, and didn't always fit with the first book. But it wasn't a put off, and I was still invested in the characters.

 

Since this is the second book in a series, I would not suggest reading it before the first book. But I would recommend it to everyone who has read the first book; A World Without Princes won't disappoint.