The Camelot Years

Quests for Glory

by Soman Chainani

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With every end comes a new beginning in the fourth installment of Soman Chainani’s New York Timesbestselling School for Good and Evil series, Quests for Glory. Join Sophie, Agatha, Tedros, and the other students as they begin a new era in the Endless Woods — The Camelot Years — where Evers and Nevers alike must move beyond the bounds of school and into the biggest, boldest adventures of their lives.

The students at the School for Good and Evil thought they had found their final Ever After when they vanquished the malevolent School Master. Now on their required fourth year quests, the students face obstacles both dangerous and unpredictable, and the stakes are high: success brings eternal adoration, and failure means obscurity forever.

For their quests, Agatha and Tedros are trying to return Camelot to its former splendor as queen and king. For her quest, Dean Sophie seeks to mold Evil in her own image. But soon they all feel themselves growing more isolated and alone. When their classmates’ quests plunge into chaos, however, someone must lead the charge to save them. If Good and Evil can’t find a way to work together, neither side will survive.

My Insights

The School for Good and Evil is one of my favourite series of all time. When I found out a fourth book was coming, I was beyond excited for it. Writing another series within the same world has become so common nowadays, that maybe I shouldn’t have been as surprised. Sophie is the Dean of Evil, Agatha and Tedros are getting married but their relationship is on the rocks – when is it not, let’s be honest? – Hort is a teacher for Evil, and the Coven have been given the task of finding a new school master. When the story started, I thought that all of them now have a new chapters in their life but I was wrong, it’s not just that.

The first part is quite lengthy. It’s very descriptive but it familiarizes the reader with the characters again. But, along with the main characters, every other student in Agatha and Sophie’s year names had been said, telling you what quests they’re on too.The plot finally gets exciting when Tedros can’t pull Excalibur out of the stone and a new enemy turns up: the Snake. There’s this explanation about The Lion and the Snake, another fairy tale that’s issue in the book. When we meet the Snake, there’s the feeling that he’s Rafal from the first trilogy but one thing is for sure: he’s evil.

We also get to meet Rhian, who has the same name with Rafal’s twin, the Good school master so that can’t be a coincidence. He’s all handsome and generally a better version of Tedros that Sophie can fall for. With the signs of the evil connection, it’s not a surprise when Rhian’s too good to be true and turns out to be the villain. We’re also told that Sophie ‘isn’t good at choosing guys’, so did it come out “shocking”? No. It’s exactly what we saw in The Last Ever After. We also get introduced to some new characters – as promised – but they’re nothing more than names on a page for me. Nicola, the new Gavaldon girl, was the most fleshed out and introduced seemingly just as a love interest for Hort. She’s smart and captains the ship for their quest, but I don’t really know why Agatha or Sophie couldn’t have done that. There was also Willam, Bogden, Kei and…maybe someone else.  I hope they all have a stronger presence as the series go on, and we don’t have to rely so much on Agatha and the gang to draw in readers…but then again, the new characters didn’t get enough screen time to be established, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re destined to the background forever.

At least there are some deaths in Quests for Glory. Chaddick, Tedros’ best friend who I’d completely forgotten about, was the first to be killed of on his mission. There were some scenes I really enjoyed, though. The more action-adventure scenes were the group was fighting the Snake. It ended on a massive cliffhanger, if you think that Rhian pulling Excalibur from the stone, Tedros failing and the world being plunged into chaos was a surprise.

Overall, this book did a lot of setting the scene for the next two books in the trilogy. A World Without Princes is such a great sequel, and probably my favourite book from the first series, so my expectations are definitely high for the next book. I’ll be reading it, for sure, and just hoping that my Agatha is given some more of the limelight! Quests for Glory, as a first book, was promising and ambitious and did great things to already be establishing a threat as big (or bigger?) than Rafal. I just can’t believe I have to wait another year to read what happens next…

Rating 4/5

Reviews:

A sudden rash of kidnappings and random violence kicks off a major challenge to the reign of King Arthur’s newly crowned son, Tedros. — Kirkus

This was my most anticipated book of the year, and it did not disappoint. Sure, it broke me, it chewed me up and spit me out and left me desperate for the next installment, but I can see why the author guided the story in the way that he did, on the one hand, I respect him for taking this story in such a bold direction, and on the other hand I’m cursing his name with every fiber of my being… no joke. — Zach’s Ya

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