- Series: Twenty Palaces (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (August 31, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345508904
- ISBN-13: 978-0345508904
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. Connolly fulfills and sustains the promise of his 2009 rural noir debut, Child of Fire, with this thoughtful Lovecraftian sequel. Twenty Palace Society member Catherine Little, a lethal sorcerer committed to keeping supernatural entities and magic out of the possession of anyone but members of the society, contacts ex-convict Ray Lilly at his mundane supermarket job and recruits him to assist her with an emergency situation. Ray's actions are supposed to be limited to assisting his assigned peer, but an interdimensional predator has escaped and the society needs all the help it can get. Connolly doesn't shy away from tackling big philosophical issues--whether good ends justify evil means, how many civilian deaths can be justified in the pursuit of creatures that can destroy the world--amid gory action scenes and plenty of rapid-fire sardonic dialogue.
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Ray Lilly, thanks to the intervention of the Twenty Palaces society, has survived the aftermath of Hammer Bay. He has a normal job, stocking a supermarket. He even has a credit card. When Twenty Palaces comes storming back into his life, he is thrilled—a normal life is also boring. Of course, it turns out that Catherine—the Twenty Palaces representative—is investigating an auction, where a predator is for sale, and would really prefer to have backup with more than one spell. Ray is, as a former wooden man, not quite as well armed as she might have liked. On the other hand, he is stubborn and unorthodox, which makes up for a lot. In any event, they arrive at the auction as it concludes, and everything goes to pieces when the predator escapes and only Ray and Catherine are around to stop it. Ray’s voice continues to be charming despite his rough edges, and the plot more than taut enough to keep the pages turning at a breakneck pace; and there is definitely some fascinating history hidden beneath the surface of the world Connolly is spinning, and it’s thoroughly entertaining. --Regina Schroeder
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Ray Lily is out of jail and eking out a living working at a grocery store and living in an apartment above his aunt's house. Things are going pretty well for him, but he misses the action that the Twenty Palaces Society brought to his life. Then Catherine drops into his life. She is an investigator for the Twenty Palace Society that was told to use him for backup if she needs it. There is a mysterious auction happening in a small town and rumors are that it involves a Predator; Catherine's job is to check it out and report back to the Society. Catherine is dismayed when she finds out that Ray isn't an Apprentice or a Peer but merely Annalise's Wooden Man. When Catherine and Ray get dragged out of the investigation and into a hunt for the Predator , Ray (his only tricks being his ghost knife and his protection tattoos) ends having to be resourceful in ways he wasn't planning on.
There is a lot I liked about this book. It is actually very similar to the first book in that it takes place in an isolated small town and Ray ends up hunting another predator. The action is again very well written and relentless. This is a book that is hard to put down, it shoves you from one action scene to another and leaves you breathless. We get to learn more about Ray as a character in this book and a little more about the Twenty Palaces Society as an organization.Read more ›
I badly want to see this as a cable TV series. I can imagine the pitch - "One of the main characters is a century-old red-headed sorceress who dresses like a gutter punk, has a voice like a twelve-year-old, eats bullets for lunch, and crushes heads like walnuts."
In the outing, our favorite wooden man meets some new people in his attempt to track down and destroy a mysterious creature from The Deeps. And God help anyone who gets in his way. Part suspesnse, part action, with a whole lot of death. Its definately a refreshingly Adult take on a genre that often flooded with fluffy do gooders. Fans of Jim Butcher, Philip K Dick, and Simon R Green will find this a great hard boiled story to get into.
This amazing series of urban fantasy novels has no sparkly vampires, no werewolves, no unicorns; and makes it clear it's just possible YOU'RE the zombie.
Maybe we all are.
Magic and predators continue to be spooky/scary as hell, and Ray gets to show off more of his skills and determination without the constant presence of Annalise. The internal narration is very human.
Recommended, and it's too bad we won't see the third. I look forward to Connolly's Kickstarted trilogy.
EDIT: Circle of Enemies, the third, is out, per the author below. Excellent!
The book may be too bleak for some and while the ending was sufficient, I wanted it to be slightly longer and a little more spread. But Harry's the writer and it's his prerogative to do with what he will. That's the job of the author/artist and that's what they should do. Otherwise, every ending would be a happy ending and there'd be no books due to committees. It is a very strong book that left me forcing myself to not download the next in the series at 2 in the morning and wait until the next day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Somewhat slow progress for MC, I was expecting somewhat more development.Published 18 days ago by Kwaij
Intense action, mystery, suspense and humor in one great read! I'm looking forward to the next Harry Connolly story already.Published 4 months ago by Michelle Bell
Majorly exciting from start to finish. There are characters you love and characters you love to hate. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fast past and fun to the end. Thought this book is even darker then the first well worth the time.Published 7 months ago by Paul shook
Fantastic urban fantasy series, I liked it better than Butchers Dresden series. A darker, grittier style than Butcher, which I like. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tom
It was fun but I liked the first one better. Catherine didn't do much for me and I was happy when his boss reappeared. Read morePublished 8 months ago by kitty kat
OK, so this is cheap thrill material. I read a lot and I can't wait to get back to the story. Nice job, Harry! Read morePublished 9 months ago by First Rspoder