The Black is a fascinating book, in the fact that it is much more a companion than a sequel.
The story begins at the same point in time that The Light begins, but from Cooper’s point of view. (I’m about to make a few remarks that, if you haven’t read The Light you need to stop reading this review, and go read The Light first.) While it follows the same timeline as The Light, The Black is a very different book as it follows Cooper through death (see if you didn’t stop when I told you then I just ruined the big surprise) and shows what’s going on to cause the haunting of Marshal throughout The Light.
Besides that, The Black focuses much less on a mysterious element that The Light was comprised of, and more on a fantasy adventure theme, with the adventures and magic associated with being a ghost and the history of the crucibles and the poleax.
As for the characters, while I liked Cooper and the side story revolving around Maggie, I personally found Marshal and Sydney much more endearing characters from The Light. Also I found the idea that all of the troubles of the Morpheus Road and the Watchers, which has been building for millennia, rests in the hands of two teenage boys, and can’t be solved by anyone else, a little much.
Of course that said The Black was a fantastic book that I’d easily recommend to anyone looking for a good fantasy or YA book. It is a great book for teenage boys but will easily find an audience with girls of this age group as well. And I personally can’t wait for the third and final book in this exciting series.