You’ll remember that I didn’t much care for the first book in this series. Interesting concept, middling execution. This sequel is vastly superior and a much better look at Schwab’s talents as an author.

Victor has been resurrected from the dead. But there’s a problem: he keeps dying. For longer and longer. Unless he finds someone to heal him, he won’t be around to… do nothing? He doesn’t have much direction beyond that. BUT other forces at work are ready to foil him. There’s the super powered former mob wife ready to take over the city of Merit. From his little jail cell, Eli is encouraging the new government agency EON in their quest to track and capture Extra Ordinary’s.

To be honest, there’s a lot going on. And much of the time it’s only tangentially related to the heroes of the first novel. Mitch and Sydney are effectively pointless. But Mitch has always been a plot device. I think the best part of Vengeful is the expanse of the universe. It actually feels lived in, built up. Also, there’s an actual government agency hunting superheros instead of just the police.

I’m still not a huge fan of how the novel uses time as a device. It’s a little too disruptive for my tastes. As is the supposed main character: Victor. I know he’s an anti-hero but when he kills indiscriminately it’s hard for me to care a lick about what happens to him. Ironically, his killing is to throw people off his trail and actually becomes the reason he is tracked down. Was that the point? Maybe.

Anyways, fun, action packed, and some unique powers make Vengeful a much better offering. I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series though.

3 out of 4 stars.

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