Second volume of the Pantomime series (I talked about the first here) and abrupt follow-up of the previous one: we left Micah and Drystan running away and here we find them in search of a safe place, the choice will be a theatre owned by Maske, an ex magician who owns a life debt to Drystan.
If the first book core was the circus here it’s the magic show: after learning about the trapeze Micah has to learn tricks and illusions while looms the danger to be discovered (by the Shadow following them).
At last some notion about the historical events (chimeras, Vestige objects,..) and about Micah su Micah (Doctor Pozzi makes his appearance) are revealed while the love story begins (foreseeable since Pantomime)
Overall my doubts about the world build remains: I found the book not convincing enough, also concerning the characters psychology and behaviour; the general impression is that there is a few story, a shorter version of this book could have been more likeable.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
* Shadowplay by Laura Lam – ★★☆☆☆
*I read this book in English