This novella was much better than his other one in this series. While I would have loved to have seen more of the primary character of this series, the look behind the scenes at the people who move her around on the chessboard was very interesting. Rather than feeling like a minor writing exercise by the author to appease the fans between books this one felt like he actually put some effort and work into it, and I appreciate that extra work. Rather than simply being filler that provides a little bit of back story, this one actually adds real value to the series, and I have never been happier with a purchase. This novella is a worthy addition to the series, and a welcome piece in my library.
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I am quickly discovering that finding an original series that a later series is based upon leads to a strong sense of familiarity. I don’t know whether I actually read this book at some point in the past and simply never made the connection when I was reading the Kris Longknife series, or whether exposure to that series, which built off of this one led to my finding the story extremely familiar. Regardless, it was an enjoyable read, and further fleshed out characters that I had grown to know as background characters, giving them a life of their own, and explaining why they act as they do in the subsequent series which I read first.
The writing style itself is definitely not as polished as I am used to seeing from this author, and I have to keep reminding myself that this is the original series when he was first cutting his teeth on the writing process. Definitely a book to seek out if you have read the Kris Longknife series and want more from the author, though equally good on its own merit. Interestingly, while it is the middle book in a trilogy you don’t have to have read the first book to pick this one up and enjoy it. This isn’t always the case for books that are part of a series, so finding a book that can stand on its own is a refreshing change from what is starting to become the norm in modern publishing.
Let me start this review with one simple statement: I want the next book NOW!!!!
Alright, now that I have that out of my system lets get on with my thoughts about this book. I guess you can safely assume that I really enjoyed the book, and especially enjoyed a fresh take on sorcery. I know that similar takes have happened before, namely as portrayed in the movie Inkheart, but this was clearly something different, and different in a very intriguing way.
The plot itself was actually rather straightforward, and the outcome was ultimately rather predictable. However, this was easy to overlook as it was a true joy to read. There was always one bit or another that had my chuckling, smiling, nodding, or earnestly gripping the book, preparing to turn the page to read as much as I could on my lunch break so that I could try to finish one tense scene or another. I absolutely loved how the lead character was a book geek that I could easily relate with, and so many of the books referenced are ones that I have personal experience with. I had absolutely no trouble at all placing myself in his shoes, contemplating what books I would arm myself with, and what I would extract from them if I was like him.
Being able to relate to a character is a fantastic way of drawing in the reader, and Hines did a masterful job of reeling me right into his story. For me that is a masterful stroke, and a true sign of a good book. I only hope that the next book in the series maintains that connection for me.