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Well, that is a big mistake. These bankers of Zurix have little in common with those of Harry Potter.
Another big mistake is to start reading the first two chapters in this book and start forming an opinion about what this book is like. It is rather easy to do so considering that these chapters are very, very long chapters indeed. They are crammed with new ideas, arguments, setting the foundation of a new world unlike anything you have come across before and introducing the characters who are simple at first glance, but complex as the story progresses.
It is also when, trying to grapple with complexity, you start noticing a couple of spelling errors, references that seemingly are illogical or repetitive and characterization that points to simplemindedness.
Stop judging right there. Carry on reading!
Victoria Osborne with The Bankers of Zurix created a world where magic and science co-exist. The rules of such a world agrees somewhat with the familiar of science and logic. It also diverges sharply with the illogical and intuitive of magic.
This is a world of dim elves, swamp elves, durochs, talking cats, intelligent spiders, necromancers and...yes, gnomes.
The locale is mostly fuzzily defined. There is the world outside the library, such as the swampy Black Bayou, the island of the gnomes and more.
Then there is the world inside The Library.
The library is a multi storeyed building, magical in it self, each floor containing books dedicated to certain cultures, offices, medical facilities, residential areas, cats, spiders, librarians and very, very large extensive areas that may or may not be thoroughly explored.
Confusing in the beginning? You bet! Very complex? Sure! Have I mentioned this is a world unlike any you will ever have encountered before?
It is against this background that the plot evolves. And this is definitely not a middlegrade or even really a YA fantasy book considering some of the mature adult content.
Once starting the third chapter the story flows and develops into a very good action adventure that is suspenseful and gripping. Treachery abounds and danger lurks everywhere as the main characters hunt down a killer midst a plethora of avarice and flashbacks to genocide and cultural inequity.
The Bankers of Zurix is actually the second book in a series. The sole unresolved thread at the end involving the ghost Adenaydah, indicates a rather interesting follow on in this series. I will be looking forward to that one. Till then, enjoy!
I have not read The Student Librarian, but I feel that doing so would have made this one a more enjoyable experience, as without that background, there was some confusion on my part. It is, however, well written and rather fun. The characters are intriguing and the investigation is astonishing. I also feel, that die to the teeny print size, it would be better enjoyed in ebook form so as to adapt print size to reader's need at the time and place of reading.
Received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
Victoria Osborne delivers again with another great fantasy mystery. The Bankers of Zurix is a gem. Granted it could have used a bit more polish in places, but it still shines bright. The characters are real people with real problems. Whether it is being partnered with a Librarian who is allergic to you, being forced to lie to your friends and sneak behind their backs, or having a slight problem with drinking on the job. Osborne is creating a living, breathing world that is engaging and fresh. I eagerly await seeing what she has in store for us next. Save room on your shelf for Victoria Osborne.