So I finished The Sea of Time and started re-reading the Silmarillion for maybe the tenth time. Just got to the part where Fëanor fucks everything up forever. I said I’d talk more about The Sea of Time so here is a super concise (or maybe just short) review.
[Minor Spoilers maybe] It seems like this book was trying to recapture the magic of the first book. It had a strange and colorful city, filled with gods and warring guilds. It had extra-dimensional adventures, and the usual bizarre situations Jame gets herself into. Still, I would have loved to have seen more thief action. They finally started referring back to her criminal identity as “The Talisman”, but very little came of it. A little wall scaling and some dashing over rooftops, but no spectacular heists or chases. The time travel was handled well and the main villain got much more screen time than he ever has so far. Overall, it was enjoyable but probably wouldn’t make much sense unless you’d read the earlier books in the series.
UPDATE: I just re-read the entire series and now know that my only issue with this book was that it wasn’t By Demons Possessed, which hadn’t been written yet, so that’s totally understandable. I really wanted Jame to revisit Tai-Tastigon and deal with all the questions from the first book. The Sea of Time gave hints of that return, but was its own thing. Seriously, read this series!