I discovered halfway into Flight of Shadows by Sigmund Brouwer that it was the second book in a series, a sequel to Broken Angel. Though I hadn't read the first book, I was able to pick up pretty quickly on what was happening. However, I would definitely recommend reading the first book before picking up Flight of Shadows.
Flight of Shadows follows Caitlyn Brown's journey through an America divided by caste and plagued by poverty. The story is fast paced and alternates between nearly half a dozen points of view. Between the death doctors, the psychotic bounty hunter, and an additional host of truly evil people, Flight of Shadows becomes a somewhat dark and depressing read. Not a feel-good-happy-go-lucky-sigh-and-close-the-book kind of story. Amidst the darkness, however, there shone little rays of light.
Razor was one of them. "Fast, sharp, and dangerous," a master of illusion, intelligent and crafty, and easily my favorite character in the story.
Billy was another. Big, kind, large-hearted Billy - especially when accompanied by his sidekick Theo. I wish Billy had factored more into the story, though I'm guessing he played a larger role in Broken Angel.
I found I didn't care as much for Caitlyn as I would have liked. As a protagonist, she was interesting and intriguing, but not especially lovable. Perhaps it was just me. I also found it odd that the romance between Caitlyn and at least one of the "two men who love her" was nigh non-existent, though perhaps it was better established in the first book.
All in all, I found Flight of Shadows a fast paced read with plenty of action and intrigue to keep the pages turning! Recommended for an older reader, due to the violence and some more mature content.
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.