This is me on the fence. More importantly this is me not wanting to be on the fence. I want to be so far away from the fence that it has taken me two weeks to write this review. I thought that maybe, just maybe, sometime away would move me away from the fence but sadly no.
Altered by Gennifer Albin is the sequel to Crewel. I loved the end of Crewel. My reaction to the end was literally, WTF just happened?!?!?!?! lol Well, Altered begins right where we left off. (I don’t want to take away the magic and wonder of Crewel, so I am going to be as general as possible because I don’t want to give anything away.) Adelice Lewys has a special gift, the ability to weave the very fabric of reality. In Crewel we see Adelice coming to grips with this gift. In Altered, Adelice comes to grips with not only this gift but the choices she has made in Crewel and their consequences. Adelice, Jost, and Erik explore their new surrounding and thus in Altered we see the bigger picture of the world that Albin has created.
Parts of this bigger picture are mind blowing, like shut the front door and other parts are like, is this the same series as Crewel? Parts of the story were engaging, exciting and generally made for a fun and enjoyable read. Other parts were lackluster. There were ‘sudden’ changes/developments in characters and in plot lines that were unbelievable. I know, I know it’s a fantasy. But the foundation of any good fantasy is that it is believable or the story is present in such a way that it is believable.
I am hopefully that this will all come together in book 3.