By Cynthia Bujnicki
After barely escaping a trial for a murder she did not commit, Wren is back to her life as a gifted Confectioner. She has a great, life, great friends, and even a great boyfriend who just happens to be a prince. However, Gifted are starting to go missing and soon the city is under siege. Moreover, when one of Wren’s newfound friends goes missing, Wren will stop at nothing and risk everything to figure out what is going on now.
Published November 19, 2018, by Live Edge Publishing The Confectioner’s Coup by Claire Luana is the second novel in her YA fantasy Confectioner’s Chronicles that follows Wren on her most daring adventure yet.
What an amazing sequel. Following Wren the novel also switches to Hale’s POV, giving the story a broader scope and more depth to the characters and their dynamics. Admittedly, since the story is changing the formula and bringing another character’s point of view into the mix, the story does slow down. It catches the reader off guard because while Hale may have a novella dedicated to him, the idea that the story was going to switch back and forth between the two was unsuspected. While it catches the reader off guard, it is almost as if the story has to regroup and do some character building. Yes, the reader knows of Hale and knows his past, but they do not know who he is now, his motivations and thought process. So for the first half of the novel, while there are tension and character growth there, the pace slightly slows as it gets to the essence of Hale and develops his character for the reader.
Now, once the reader passes the halfway mark of the story, however, the pace and tension start to heat up. The action and intrigue continue to quicken as more and more people go missing in a city under siege. The characters are pushed to their breaking points, creating tension and heartbreak for this band of characters. Now that Hale’s point of view has expanded the scope of the novel, the story is more bountiful. The story has more narrative to it, allowing it to flourish in a way that eventually connects the pasts of both Wren and Hale, offering up something so unsuspecting for the reader.
The story keeps the reader on the edge of their seats with a fantastic plot and character development. So much happens in the novel that ties the characters together. The twists and turns inspire the reader the feel for the characters, to see how they make their choices that define the movement of the plot while also coming from a place of emotion to keep the reader entranced.
The Confectioner’s Coup is, ultimately, a powerful follow-up to the novel. (★★★★☆ | B+)