Although I still file this title under sci-fi, there is little scientific explanation of what’s going on in this convoluted sequel to the highly compelling Incarceron. Instead, the Art Magicke seems to be the predominant force that moves the events forward in the story. The belief in Magic is understandable for those in the Prison, not that convincing when it leaks into the Realm, and feels almost lazy when used as plot solutions. Of course, I can make the leap in assumptions to explain how the mind can be transported by the Portal into an object inside the Prison, but I would rather prefer that such rationales are offered by the author.
Perhaps this is not a sci-fi series at all. I need to adjust my expectations.