Synopsis via goodreads:
This is the second book in the new Hamelin Stoop series, a young adult fantasy. Hamelin’s story began when he was found as a newborn in a tomato crate on the stoop of an orphanage in West Texas. Hamelin’s first adventures with the Great Eagle led him through the mysterious cave and finally, across the footbridge. He has learned that his quest to find his parents and learn his true identity will not be quickly done or easy to fulfill. The Great Eagle leads him through the dangerous Waters of Death and Life and into the Land of Gloaming, where Hamelin is thrown into the midst of a war already being waged between the evil Chimera and the mysterious Ancient One. He must help two new friends find a kidnapped princess and recover a stolen jewel, tasks for which they have special gifts that must not be misused; a scarf of sight, shoes of speed, and a sword of death. But these quests are only part of the larger story, a story including Chimera’s plan to use Hamelin — a child of two realms — to seize the kingdoms on both sides of the Atrium of the Worlds.
Disclaimer* I received this as a free ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are my own and are in no way influenced by another party.
I cracked open Hamelin Stoop: The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna with a ton of enthusiasm and hopefulness. I enjoyed book one and was ready to dive into book two and find out how the story continues.
What I liked:
This is my favorite Hamelin Stoop book so far!
I liked meeting new characters and seeing the story develop deeper than I initially expected. Hamelin meets new friends and goes on exciting adventures to help them. I liked the use of magical items and how the friends work together and their overall chemistry.
Just as in the first book, I liked any and all parts where Hamelin’s parents were. I think I liked those parts because that’s where the story allowed for a little darkness that made the story more intriguing.
The beginning and the end of this book are both page-turners. I jumped into book two after book one and was gripped from the start and the end also made me eager to start book three.
What could have been better:
Something that bothers me about the story is that everyone goes out of their way to help Hamelin. Hamelin is perfect and everyone automatically believes everything he says and in everything he does. HE’S JUST A KID, not Jesus Christ. Moreover, the book becomes oddly religious and that’s just not my cup of tea. It seems like it’s trying really hard to be The Chronicles of Narnia.
As much as I liked them in the first book and their initial introduction into the story, the characters left me a little disappointed in book two. There isn’t a single character that isn’t either plain vanilla or innately evil (the evil characters don’t get enough page time if you ask me). The characters just aren’t as complex as I would like. Every orphan chosen-one character needs their own personal version of Snape, in my opinion, to keep the story interesting just as every character needs personal flaws and shortcomings to overcome to keep them interesting. Even the evil characters are just evil. Why are they evil? Because they are evil. But like what made them- They’re just evil. They just are. That just doesn’t go over well with me.
Can someone tell me what happened to Hamelin’s best friends and what’s going on with them? Sure, they reappear at the tail-end of book two, but there was so much emphasis on Hamelin’s orphanage days and his friends that it seems counterintuitive that they would play such a minor role for the vast majority of book two.
One of my biggest problems with book one is unfortunately still prevalent in book two. The beginning was intriguing, but the middle of the book slows down and then really picks up at the end. The pacing of the book just feels off. I would prefer the story to be equally strong throughout the entire book.
If you’re interested in this series you can learn more via the publisher’s website (not a sponsored or affiliate link).
Stay tuned for my review of book three and my thoughts after finishing the last available book of the series!
Thanks for reading! -xo Amber
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