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Love the idea of an alternate steampunky magic inflected immigrant turn of the century Lower East Side But the characters are flat, and I think kids will miss most of the historical references Most will find the scene setting dense, and the book lacks the genuine creepiness of the first installment though I thought this meant it was tonallyconsistentif less interesting In short, not bad, but I desperately wanted to like itthan I did. If I were rating this purely for my own use, I would up it to 4 stars because I enjoyed it and it is a well written sequel, something that is not always the case And for that reason, it gets 3 stars.However, as I said with the first book, there is a lot going on here that will totally confuse kids who read this who have no background either in New York City history or Jewish customs or perhaps even both In jokes that made me chortle might as well have been written in Yiddish for most readers If I were rating this purely for my own use, I would up it to 4 stars because I enjoyed it and it is a well written sequel, something that is not always the case And for that reason, it gets 3 stars.However, as I said with the first book, there is a lot going on here that will totally confuse kids who read this who have no background either in New York City history or Jewish customs or perhaps even both In jokes that made me chortle might as well have been written in Yiddish for most readers.Perhaps kids can go around that, much as I did the references to Dickens, Transcendentalism, et al when I read Little Women in the 6th grade But I still think it will stymie a lot of potential readers And by readers I mean the kids it is intended for, not librarians or teachers who review it Clever and charming and richly imagined, with every detail just perfect Not as crowded with historical figures or situations as the last one,focused on the main characters and story Which doesn t make it better or worse, just a little different I think this one might have been a bigactive and exciting though, it s hard to remember the pace of the first one The humor might have been turned up a bit as well, Sasha and his family s interactions with the mob fellows were pretty witty Clever and charming and richly imagined, with every detail just perfect Not as crowded with historical figures or situations as the last one,focused on the main characters and story Which doesn t make it better or worse, just a little different I think this one might have been a bigactive and exciting though, it s hard to remember the pace of the first one The humor might have been turned up a bit as well, Sasha and his family s interactions with the mob fellows were pretty witty, in a subtle it made me chuckle way, not in a laugh out loud way It s really a lovely book and series, I highly recommend it I enjoyed this book and found it to be a fine sequel to the Inquisitor s Apprentice in fact, i liked it eventhan that first book I appreciated the alternative history approach, which, while including elements of fantasy and magic, had a realistic ring and feel to it The characters were complex, well developed, and endearing, and the story was engaging The modern Jewish cultural and religious elements were particularly interesting and felt a very natural part of the entire literary cont I enjoyed this book and found it to be a fine sequel to the Inquisitor s Apprentice in fact, i liked it eventhan that first book I appreciated the alternative history approach, which, while including elements of fantasy and magic, had a realistic ring and feel to it The characters were complex, well developed, and endearing, and the story was engaging The modern Jewish cultural and religious elements were particularly interesting and felt a very natural part of the entire literary context, although the blurring of theology and magical fantasy at times made my listeners and I roll our eyes we simply treated all of it as fictional fantasy Well crafted, well written, and worth reading Sacha Kessler, still working as an Inquisitor, must figure out who killed a much admired, and much hated, klezmer musician, while on stage before a crowd Does it have anything to do with his sudden fame With Sacha s dybbuk, still on the loose from his last adventure And can he escape the clutches of evil mastermind and magical genius, J P Morgaunt Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this second supernatural mystery set in an alternate history where magic is controlled and questioned in 1900 ish New Sacha Kessler, still working as an Inquisitor, must figure out who killed a much admired, and much hated, klezmer musician, while on stage before a crowd Does it have anything to do with his sudden fame With Sacha s dybbuk, still on the loose from his last adventure And can he escape the clutches of evil mastermind and magical genius, J P Morgaunt Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this second supernatural mystery set in an alternate history where magic is controlled and questioned in 1900 ish New York City The adventures of the flawed main character, Sacha Kessler, with the NYC Inquisitors entertained me, and it was fun following the threads of what was real gangs of Jews, Italians, and Chinese keeping their communities relatively safe, separate, and in line, the development of vaudeville and movies, the movement to unionize factories and what wasn t dybbuks, witches, and so on.However, this book really, really needed a sensitivity accuracy reader for the Jewish content Despite the name, I suspect that Chris Moriarty might be Jewish she often depicts Jewish characters, and with sympathy Usually, Jewish characters are culturally accurate But while there were just a few slip ups in the last book in this area, this book contained so many, it would take pages to write them out Characters who are strictly Orthodox are fed meals cooked on Shabbos by other Jews which is pretty much as bad as eating non kosher , the afikomen is on the table from the beginning of the seder, as opposed to being created when the second matzah on the table is cracked in half, dessert is served after the afikomen and the fourth cup, there s a scene where Rabbi Kessler gets into a car on Shabbos at a point when it s not clear that it s a life or death emergency, there are words used ever so slightly wrong, there are kashrus bits that make little sense I could go on It s funny, because other bits were really resonant Depicting the time accurately is complex then, as now, it was common to have someone only attend an Orthodox synagogue and eat only kosher, yet work on Shabbos I feel like that part of the depiction of Sacha is accurate There s this great scene with non kosher food all around a hungry but resolute Sacha But there are so many details off about Rabbi Kessler, for example, and their neighbor, Mo, I found myself laughing during scenes intended to be tense Enjoyable Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.The Inquisitor s Apprentice my thoughts was one of my favorite reads of 2011 And I feel like I ve been waiting for it s sequel, The Watcher in the Shadows, forever I pre ordered it, not so patiently waited for it to arrive, and immediately bumped it to the top of my reading pile when it finally came All that waiting was so worth it.Sacha is farproactive and outgoing in this volume, though often unclear which direction to take a Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.The Inquisitor s Apprentice my thoughts was one of my favorite reads of 2011 And I feel like I ve been waiting for it s sequel, The Watcher in the Shadows, forever I pre ordered it, not so patiently waited for it to arrive, and immediately bumped it to the top of my reading pile when it finally came All that waiting was so worth it.Sacha is farproactive and outgoing in this volume, though often unclear which direction to take and be proactive in His struggle is a very real one that has me very concerned for him overall He is striving so hard to hold onto his integrity in a world where everyone is for sale He wants to be a good Inquisitor, a good Jew, a good brother, an a good son But these things are far too often in conflict with each other Sacha doesn t want to compromise on any of it, and it doesn t make it any easier when he constantly finds himself tempted by deals with gangsters and threats of millionaires Lily, Sacha s fellow apprentice, was a littlefrustrating I felt that she remained fairly stagnate and changed little from the first book This could be excused by her privileged background which does not require her to face the adversity necessary to change However there was one major event toward the end of the book that should have had some sort of impact and then wasn t really dealt with I hope it will be addressedin the next volume.The adult characters continue to fascinate me the most, though that may be because I m an adult The reader finds out a little bitabout Max s background and his relationship with Shen, but not nearly enough The mystery building up around Max is one of the most fascinating aspects of this story He is far from perfect, but how far is not yet clear Sacha desperately wants him to be a hero He is the ideal Sacha wants to live up to, but he doesn t entirely trust him either Their interactions are fascinating character studies of both of them.The alternate universe NY setting continues to be one of the best parts of the story The history is so accurate and yet so fantastical at the same time It is a brilliant balance Moriarty has established The story and mystery here areintense than the first The stakes feel higher and I love the inclusion of so muchof the Jewish element.Last I knew there are supposed to be five books total and I can not wait for the release of the next one First, if you have not read The Inquisitor s Apprentice by Chris Moriarty quite yet, remedy that issue After all, it is a book that s received praise from both Cory Doctorow and Garth Nix which is kind of a big deal Moriarty s The Watcher In The Shadows continues with it s predecessor s momentum and is just as superb as the first book If you aren t familiar with either book, I ll lay it out for you these books have a character reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes, but it s set in the early 1900s d First, if you have not read The Inquisitor s Apprentice by Chris Moriarty quite yet, remedy that issue After all, it is a book that s received praise from both Cory Doctorow and Garth Nix which is kind of a big deal Moriarty s The Watcher In The Shadows continues with it s predecessor s momentum and is just as superb as the first book If you aren t familiar with either book, I ll lay it out for you these books have a character reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes, but it s set in the early 1900s during the titans of industry era of history in New York City The different boroughs are rife with magic Main character Sacha Kessler, a young Jewish boy, is apprenticing with the magical police called Inquisitors and these books are basically about him unraveling various mysterious with best friend Lily Astral and a mentor called Wolf.Read the rest of my review here `DOWNLOAD KINDLE ↸ The Watcher in the Shadows ☔ A fabulously imaginative historical fantasy Publishers Weekly, starred review of The Inquisitor s ApprenticeAt the turn of the twentieth century, New York s Bowery District becomes the scene of a terrible murder when the Klezmer King gets fried to a crisp by his Electric Tuxedo on stage The Inquisitor s apprentice, thirteen year old Sacha Kessler, tries to help find the killer, but the closer he gets to solving the crime, the it sounds as if the creature that haunted him in his first adventure is back Worse still, his own Jewish family is in danger Sacha has avoided learning magic until now, but as his world falls apart around him, he changes his mind