BOOK REVIEW: Children of Daedala by Caighlan Smith

Title: Children of Daedala (Children of Icarus Book 2)
Author: Caighlan Smith
Publication: April 1, 2018
Publisher: Switch Press
Genre: Teens, YA Fiction, Fantasy, Syfy
Pages: 336



SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

Six months alone in the labyrinth has made her strong. But the search for the exit means gambling on an old ‘friend’ and going against everything she’s been taught to survive. You know the labyrinth will have yet more horrors lurking in its depths. You’ve learned few people can be trusted. But freedom is tantalizingly close. Are you ready to take the risk?


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I am pretty sure when I saw that this book was available for request you could hear me screeching from about three states away. I LOVED the first book, staying up way past when I should just so I could find out what would happen with our main character. Now I have my tablet charged and ready for me to read the second installment in the Children of Icarus series. I am absolutely giddy with excitement.

Our story picks up basically right where it left off. The main heroine is still unnamed. Throughout the book, she is called still Clara and the new nickname of Fey Bell. She is living alone in the labyrinth now that the Executioner is dead. She has basically become a bad-ass. With what the Executioner taught her she is able to down screechers by herself and kill diggers. She likes being alone. She carries a ton of weapons: a chain, ax, arrows and a bow, and a spiked ball and chain to name a few. She also weaves spikes into her braids so anyone who attacks and grabs her hair with slice their hands. All of that changes when one day she runs across her old Fates family. The people who rescued her when she was dumped into the labyrinth on that fateful day. One thing leads to another and she takes Ryan captive. She specifically picks him because she wants to use him as collateral to get the person she really wants, Cassie. Cassie can read an ancient language so she can translate a journal that Clara has. Ryan admits that he can also read the ancient language. Will they ever get out of the labyrinth? Will she use Ryan as a hostage to get Cassie?

OH.MY.WORD. This book ended on such a cliffhanger. I am chomping at the bit to read the next book in the series. Why do I have to wait so long?! Again the author delivers a well-rounded book. The author finally gives the main character a slight romance. Hopefully, more will come of that during book three. The author creates a world that you can see in your mind’s eye. The horrifying creatures, especially in this book the lion that the main character fights, leap to life. The descriptions that she provides are amazing. The small romance that is written in is so cute. She is awkward when it comes to romance and you can totally feel her anxiety over it and her internal “What do I do?”. I cannot wait to find out what happens next. Hopefully, I don’t have to wait too long to find out.


You can get your copy of Children of Daedala on April 1st from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Make sure to add it to your to reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. You can follow author Caighlan Smith on her website HERE to see what else she has coming up.

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