The Cup and the Crown by Diane Stanley is the sequel to The Silver Bowl, which I reviewed when I read it last year.
this book, Molly, Tobias, and a few companions travel far from Westria
in search of a Loving Cup -- one of the magical goblets created by
Molly's grandfather. Their journey takes them to Harrowsgode, a secluded
city that does not readily welcome visitors. Molly is obviously related
to one of the city's leading families, so she and Tobias are permitted
to enter . . . but leaving the city proves even more difficult. Will
Molly and Tobias be able to find the cup -- and even if they do, will
they be able to return with it to Westria?
This book has many of
the same strengths and weaknesses as its predecessor. I enjoyed reading
about Harrowsgode, and thought the setting was very rich. Many of the
secondary characters, on the other hand, were fairly flat. The plot
moves on relatively quickly, and it's not a long book. While I enjoyed
reading it, I suspect that it will not stay in my memory for long.
Readers of juvenile fantasy will find this a solid, though not
particularly exciting, addition to the genre -- if you're interested, I
do recommend reading The Silver Bowl first.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)