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I kept finding myself setting this book aside and turning to other books. I did finally finish it - it is a fun adventure and the historical notes at the end of the book referencing her research are quite worthwhile. But... I suppose I missed Monty and Percy. They showed up at the beginning and briefly at the end, but they are mostly absent. This is not their story at all. Maybe I missed romance. (The book has no romantic storyline). Felicity realizes that she is asexual, which I suppose is interesting for a protagonist. She pretty much said that in the first book and this book only confirms that.
But it is a great story of female empowerment and the three women and their individual journeys. I just never quite connected with them. I was sympathetic but though there was a lot of running about and events, and personal issues between the girls - I was always looking through a window at people I didn't really know. Felicity has a constant stream of understandable angst and anger about being a woman in her age - but after a bit it became one note and predictable even if the plot events were wildly unpredictable and at times a little random and convenient. So, I kept setting the book down and picking up stories that were more gripping. But, I did eventually finish and I do not regret the time spent. It is a tall tale of fantastic exploits with three female protagonists. If you read the first book, it is interesting to see where the characters go.
The book description really does it a disservice by not highlighting that the book is really all about female friendships. Felicity not only make a new friend, but also reconnects with an old friend who chose a different path in life, and the contrast between these three women is the best thing about this book. Also, it was great to see Felicity be independent of her brother, though I also loved the parts where we got to see Monty and Percy again.
Well-written book with strong female characters. Not quite as good as the first IMO, but we get our Monty/Percy fix in this one as well. This book serves as a reminder of the many limits women faced and how many sacrifices had to be made to live differently than what was expected. In this sequel, we will once again see witty, smart, and courageous characters with some fantasy thrown in. A good read!