On the Shoulders of Titans are direct sequel to Sufficiently Advanced Magic. Picking up directly from the previous book, this instalment continues the story of Corin Cadence and his friends.
This book expands greatly on the worldbuilding, lore, and magic system of the series. Naturally, there are more discussions and internal theorisings on such subjects. This may be too dense for some readers, but for another group who enjoys this kind of discussions, it is a great reading experience.
Rowe's prose is light and easy, but it doesn't mean that this book only dabbles on lighthearted themes. There are discourses about ethics and theology, also some metaphor of oligarchy vs the masses.
In the end of the day this book is a fun and substantial treat for fantasy book lovers.
Early in the book the politics became quite slow and descriptive but this is broken up by action sequences almost as soon as I started to grumble. 2 years for the next book is very frustrating, particularly when side stories are being progressed. But you can’t argue with quality. I pray this timeframe will shrink.
My first review was accidentally submitted incomplete. This book is really well done, fantastic believable characters, well developed from the first book. Love the complex and fascinating magic system too. Action scenes are very well written, leading to tense and vivid imagery. definitely one of the best I've read over the past year. Highly recommended. It's also quite long too which is great for us fast readers who want something to enjoy over a few days. Can't wait for book 3