Review of “Sovereign” (Nemesis #2) by April Daniels

Daniels, April. Sovereign. New York: Diversion Books, 2017.

Paperback | $14.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-1682308240 | 315 pages | Fantasy–Superheroes

3 stars

After the sheer perfection that was Dreadnought, Sovereign feels like a bit of a misfire. Not that it doesn’t have its good points, which I will discuss briefly, but I almost feel like this a sequel for the sake of it, because stand alones aren’t really a thing these days, particularly for anything in the realm of science fiction and fantasy across age groups.

The one thing I think it did well was develop the relationships between the characters, especially the romance between Danny and Calamity that was hinted at in the first book. And I think Danny as a character was also reasonably well-developed, further delving into her mental health and the trauma and child abuse she experienced in her past.

However, in terms of plot, I just didn’t feel like there was enough substance to keep me interested. There is an attempt to throw new problems Danny’s way, but I wasn’t as engaged in these problems, especially as the book went on. And given that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the superhero genre to begin with, I did feel a bit out of my depth reading about a character who had now begun to come to grips with things, compared to someone who was just figuring it out, so that’s an “it’s not you, it’s me” thing.

On the whole, I was a bit disappointed, especially as I made a point to pick up the next book relatively quickly after finishing the first. However, I am aware that my feelings are, to reiterate my prior thoughts, based primarily on a mix of the story feeling a bit continued on needlessly and this generally not being my preferred genre. However, I am interested in anything April Daniels may put out in the future.

All that being said, I do recommend this for fans of the superhero genre, especially those who do want to see increased LGBTQ+ representation.

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