Review: Halls of Ivy: Pathfinder (Halls of Ivy, #2) ~ Roland Nuñez

Halls of IvyFollowing last year’s suicide scandals, Sun Valley University is finally taking its first steps to recovery.

Cheyenne Winters, now suspicious of the university administration, returns to Sun Valley to find out what other secrets it hides. She gets involved in a budget war between the university’s faculty and staff that surfaces a larger conspiracy involving everyone on campus.

Enlisting the help of science professor Steven Garcia, Cheyenne endeavors to put an end to the lies once and for all. That is, unless Steven’s own secrets get in the way.

Told through intertwining stories of Cheyenne and her students, Pathfinder continues the university thriller series chronicling Sun Valley University’s downfall.

4 Thumbs-Up

This book is the second book in a series of four, Halls of Ivy, and continues following the students and faculty the reader was introduced to in the first novel, Halls of Ivy.  This book does not have to be read as part of the series, as the Author thoughtfully included the biographies of all the characters from the first book, making it a good stand-alone read.  However, to truly grasp all the nuances it would be advised to read book one first.

In this novel the reader follows the students they met in book one as they advance into their second year of university and, as there are two more novels to come we can be sure that we will be seeing them again as the reader follows them through to the end of their studies.   Also the Author has included several sub plots that provide enough twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes, and also give us an insight into the fact that academia may not be the peaceful vocation some imagine it to be.  This serves to make the book more readable, as opposed to the dissertation style writing that was encountered in the first novel.

As in the first book, the Author has continued telling the events taking place through the use of biographies and transcripts of interviews that the main female lead conducts with numerous college students this provides a good continuation from the first novel and makes the reader feel at ease and familiar with the characters, although to add a nice twist and some extra depth to these characters there are a few revelations that appear regarding them.  Again there is not any really deep character developments, but  the foundations of the back story and interesting character traits for the female lead, that were laid in book one are continued in this installment of the series.

I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than I did the first in the series, and was pleased to see that the Author’s writing style had developed considerably; I would recommend this book to lovers of the mystery genre, and those looking for a good but thoughtfully written read.