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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
System Programmer: A Journey Through The Darkest Places is a work of fantasy fiction written for young adults by author Jean-Philippe Janssens. In this, the second novel of the intriguing and exciting System Programmer series, we return to the action directly where The Maiden and The Madman leaves off. Having met on mutually disappointing terms, Catherine and Joshua have set a lot of their differences aside to progress with their adventure, paving the way for new dynamics in their relationship to form. This story is set against the backdrop of a perilous and exciting exploration of the ruins of Cestor and its mazes of dark underground corridors and caverns.
Having read the first novel in the series some time ago, it was a delight to return to the excellent wordplay and enjoyable concepts of author Jean-Philippe Janssens’s writing. This second volume takes us more seriously into the fantasy world now that the conceptual framework is all set up, and I felt that Joshua really came into his own as a fully-fledged hero throughout the challenges that beset him on the journey. Young adults at all points of the age range will enjoy the adventurous spirit, and I personally loved the growth of the relationship between the central pair, as well as getting to know other outliers from the group better through some excellent character development. Overall, System Programmer: A Journey Through The Darkest Places takes its light, action-packed comic book style of fantasy to new depths and meanings in this latest installment, and I for one am eager for more.