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Not an easy read, but worth it!
on March 14, 2014
It had been a while since I read Steven, and it took a while to get back into his writing style.
However, his dry humor and understated narrative works for me, as long as I work to follow it.
I found Brokedown Palace to be rather dark and a little less funny that some of his other work. I am also still confused about Brigitta. Possibly because I took about a two month break right in the middle of reading.
That being said, I still very much enjoyed this story. I loved the interactions between the brothers and the complex relationship they shared. The way they each evolved as the story progressed. I especially loved Vilmos and his dedication to his Norska.
I loved that the conflict seemingly revolved around the condition of the palace, but there was really so much more at stake and at risk.
The other characters (Brigitta, Mariska, Sandor, Viktor, Bolk) were at times mystifying, but definitely added depth to the story. I had to learn that I didn't have to understand what was going on when some of these characters said things. I just had to trust that I would understand in the long run.
I find that Steven Brust is by no means an easy read, but I for one think it is worth the work to read - and enjoy!