Book: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd (Madman’s Daughter #2)
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical
Her Dark Curiosity is the second book in the Madman’s Daughter Trilogy. You can read my review of The Madman’s Daughter here. The story of Juliette Moriarty continues from the Madman’s Daughter, picking up several months after she escaped her father’s island and made her way back to England. She’s trying to forget the horrors of that island, but when somebody begins killing off people who are close to her, with a familiar clawed marking, she finds herself inexorably drawn back into the malignant drama her father began. Nobody in England can possibly know the danger of the beast like she does, and she finds herself rushing against time to find the murderer before the authorities do.
This is definitely one of the stranger series I’ve read, and it it making me curious to read the original story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. When I start trying to imagine what genre I would put it in, for the most part, I find myself completely baffled. It’s such a strange mix of history, drama, mystery, and straight-up bizarre sci-fi style, that it really doesn’t fit into any of the traditional genre boxes.
Nonetheless, I did remain intrigued throughout this book. It continued the story nicely, even though at first I resented the fact that she was left on a raft in the middle of the ocean at the end of the last book, and this book started several months after she arrived back in London.
Her Dark Curiosity really continues to expound on Juliet’s struggle to reconcile who her father is and the role he’s played in her life, and who she herself is. How much influence does ones upbringing have on the choices one makes? Juliet seems greatly perturbed by that question throughout this series–I would say that is definitely the underlying theme.
Anyways, this is definitely a strange book in a strange series, but it is intriguing. If you like a little bit of a mystery, laced with deep moral questions, this is the book for you.
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