This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 20th May 2018.
When reviewing a sequel, it is often worth reiterating your thoughts on its predecessor, so that your readers have a kind of litmus test to work with. That way, they can figure out if they’re on the same wavelength as you. If they are, then they’ll presumably put more stock in your judgement. Meanwhile, if they don’t share your views on the first one, then at least they can take your opinion on the second with a pinch of salt.