I received a free copy via edelweiss for review purposes
In Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke Gretchen has settled into her new home in England, but follows Daniel back to Germany when he receives a telegram telling of a family emergency. Not long after, Daniel is wanted for murder. Gretchen has to call upon her old Nazi allies whilst trying to avoid getting caught by Hitler, and both Gretchen and Daniel stumble upon a dark conspiracy taking root in the heart of Germany.
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke is the highly anticipated sequel to Prisoner of Night and Fog. However, for me, Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke did not reach my high expectations, and the first half of the novel dragged. This doesn’t mean I did not enjoy it because it quickly picks up in the second half and the reader is once again dragged into a suspenseful plot of political intrigue that’s familiar from the first book.
One aspect I really loved about Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke is the realistic strain that has developed in Gretchen and Daniel’s relationship. They’re both questioning whether they should be together, what’s best for themselves and each other, and after everything they’ve been through in Prisoner of Night and Fog, and now Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, it was refreshing to see this sort of relationship and emotional recession.
Then there’s the nitty gritty stuff that develops throughout, the mystery and suspense and the political intrigue and dangers. It fits all seamlessly together and is built upon the history we know today.
Overall, once again a fantastically researched novel with a serious emotional depth. However, it did not reach the high standard set by its predecessor but still well worth a read for fans of the series.