Graphic Novel Review: The Castoffs Vol.2

The Castoffs, V.2 by M.K. Reed
The Castoffs, V.2: Into The Wastelands (Castoffs, #2) 
by M.K. ReedBrian Smith

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

 

In this second volume, the trio of apprentice mages are off on another adventure, but this time they are unsure which other mages they can trust in a world of secrets and lies. Ursa’s past becomes an issue between the friends as her true family history is revealed. Trinh receives some extra training in combat, and Charris picks a fight with a much more experienced mage.
I liked this story for the interesting plot and good characters. There’s a lot of action and imaginative scenes, but some of the characters are fairly one-dimensional. I look forward to seeing more development for them in future volumes.
There are also far too many secondary characters and side characters to keep track of. Especially the ones that are not actually in any of the scenes. Some mage runs off and they are all talking about him, and I can’t remember who the hay he is because he’s not in the actual scene.I love the story setting of the mages vs. the machines, and all the complexity of that history. It was especially interesting to see how regular human without magic react to the mages in different ways, sometimes fearing them, sometimes grateful to them, and often prejudiced against anything different from themselves. I’m really interested to see what happens as these three groups fall back into conflict.

Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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