Which sequels totally messed up the characters?

The sound of deception / The Chronicles of Hope Vol.1

As a big fan of the Chronicles of the Remaining, I have been waiting longingly for the translation of the spin-off and now the time has finally come! The prelude to the spin-off dilogy is finally available in all stores and the wait is over.

The story begins a few years after the end of the original series and thus takes place in the same book world and with well-known characters. Still, there are now two new main characters in the center of attention who haven't surfaced before - Kazi and Jase. Of course, old friends also appear from time to time, but new characters have been deliberately brought into focus and they are not overshadowed by the other row. That's why I can hardly say whether this dilogy is better or worse - it stands for ... more

As a big fan of the Chronicles of the Remaining, I have been waiting longingly for the translation of the spin-off and now the time has finally come! The prelude to the spin-off dilogy is finally available in all stores and the wait is over.

The story begins a few years after the end of the original series and thus takes place in the same book world and with well-known characters. Nonetheless, there are now two new main characters in the center of attention who have not surfaced before - Kazi and Jase. Of course, old friends also appear from time to time, but new characters have been deliberately brought into focus and they are not overshadowed by the other row. That's why it's hard for me to say whether this dilogy is better or worse - it stands for something unique, something new.

The wonderful duo this time consists of Kazi, a tough Rahtan and Jase, a recent leader of the Ballenger, who live as an unrecognized people between the kingdoms. The two come from different backgrounds, while Kazi had to survive without parents, Jase grew up in an extended family and practically in a fortress. And yet both carry serious secrets with them that they keep from each other, which leads to misunderstandings and conflicts over and over again. Both pretend to trust the other and yet they don't really do it. Kazi is supposed to find out if the Ballenger have anything to do with the traitors of the Great War and Jase also distrusts her.

In my opinion, the whole thing was implemented wonderfully. In this row, too, the view changes between the main characters and thus provides a nice overview and no excessive focus on a single character. Still, I catch myself favoring Kazi, especially since she has a connection to Lia, the former main character. But just her manner is very interesting, she is both brave, fearless and a legendary thief, as well as a good friend and a touch of romantic.

As already mentioned, on her assignment she meets the Ballenger family, who are deeply rooted in their homeland. As a result, the pool of supporting characters is properly expanded and there is a lot of new potential. Their coexistence is lively and really gets things going. I found her prehistory very interesting, which is revealed and hinted bit by bit across the book, because it is more serious for the book world than you might think ...

Overall, the mood of the book is somewhat familiar and yet it started off like something completely new. The author remains true to the writing style and so it fits in wonderfully with the previous events, but still has its own note. Basically, you can actually read this dilogy if you haven't read The Chronicles of Those Who Remain, but it is not particularly recommended (especially since the series itself is extremely worth reading!).

To get to the point, I can warmly recommend this prelude to all grieving fans of the Chronicles of the Remaining, but also to newbies. The new characters fit in wonderfully with the world of books and grow really fond of you so that they are not overshadowed by the "great predecessors" - I especially like Kazi with her unique style. The plot is built on suspense, and I've rarely been reluctant to put the book aside. It's been a long time since I had such a fascinating book in my hands!