The night sky above the Relentless Desert gave birth to a new cloud.
The follow up on The Fledging of Az Gabrielson. It’s a year later and both sides have to get used to the other being around. Of course there are parties that disagree with how life has changed. Some of them have even turned to piracy because of it.
Was the first book more centered around the world of the Airborn, this time there is more world-building of the cities on earth. There is more variety in people’s characters (although a majority of the featured ones is still called ‘roughnecks’) and more cities besides Cassie’s hometown.
Az is trying to adjust to his new life as a part of authority, while Cassie is trying to keep her family and their business together. The previous mentioned pirates cock this up with angry attacks on the Groundborn. Other conspiracies and such make sure that there is little time for breathing and adjusting. Adventure is where it’s at.
Sometimes Pirates of the Relentless Desert works a little bit too hard to make sure that the reader won’t be bored, but the characters are charming and/or entertaining enough to not be bothered by it. A solid sequel.
Pirates of the Relentless Desert, Jay Amory, Gollancz 2007