book 2 in this series further develops the relationships, romantic and otherwise, between the students. there are new and creative challenges for them to face and of course more terrible mistakes and punishments that they make. for trigger warnings etc. please see my review on book 1.
lynn in this book takes a lead role among her peers in trying to keep everyone alive despite eris' sadistic games. she also takes a more dominant role with her gf, kasey, and to some degree they both switch which is pretty refreshing to see in this genre. aftercare and emotional fallout is handled in a realistic manner.
i especially love the treatment of one of the students, ethan. in a kid-friendly series about wizards, ethan would probably be the protagonist. he's the likeable guy trying to take care of all his friends, and do the right thing all the time.
but in this series he is constantly being punished for it, and if it wasn't for lynn he would probably be dead pretty soon. unfortunately for ethan, he doesn't live in a world that plays fair and his morals get them in trouble more than once.
there is even more gore in this book--yep it gets worse--but the ending as before is satisfying, and despite the terrible things that are happening it's rather sweet to see the students figuring shit out.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)