It's easier to blame you sorrows on one person than on a group of them. Then you can believe that if only that person were to disappear, everything would be different, better. Maybe that's true sometimes. But more often than not it's just wishful thinking.
If you would like to know how easy it is to overlook evil, to see it for something else, Petra could tell you: it is the easiest thing in the world.
The Celestial Globe gets off to a fast paced start and I was instantly pulled into the story. Of course Prince Rodolfo discovered what Petra was up to in the first book, and he goes about trying to locate and annihilate her in the worst sort of way. Fortunately for her, the mysterious and complex John Dee comes to her rescue. At the same time, in one of the craziest and likely coincidences I've seen in a plot in some time, Tomik and Neel find themselves on a gypsy ship together. I have to say I wasn't nearly as enamored with this volume as I was the first. If I had to sum up my feelings in one word, that word would be FRUSTRATION. My frustration has a name. It's Petra. She had the right amount of naiveté and innocence in the first book. She has had months to ruminate over what took place in Prague and then witnessed exactly how ruthless the prince can be, but still chooses to fly through life relying on her emotions. It got real old real fast. This girl is one of whom it can be said once her good favor is lost, it is lost. Except who loses her favor and who doesn't is completely arbitrary and based on her petulant childish need to have her own way in all things. Now one can argue she is a child, and can be forgiven. Yes. But one can also argue that she has experienced enough and is close enough to adulthood in her world to get over herself. I pretty much lived for the scenes that switched to what was going on with Neel and Tomik. I thoroughly enjoyed watching these two make a tentative alliance that gradually grew into true friendship. I also quite liked the addition of Margaret and Madinia, Dee's daughters. Sadly most of the book focused on Petra and her refusal to THINK logically. Or at all really. By the end of the book I was so throughly annoyed with her it put me in a rather bad mood. I really couldn't understand why she would hold someone who tried to help her in contempt for so long. And even if she didn't want to like him, she at least could have taken advantage of what he was trying to teach her. Even after she found out things about him that were truly good and everything pointed to him being an honest, compassionate man, albeit a powerful and dangerous one, nothing would changer her mind. Yet the traitor who nearly gets her killed deserves her forgiveness. Okay.
The Jewel of Kalderash
My recommendation? Read the first book, which ends in a way that is satisfying enough and great fodder for the imagination. Skip the rest.