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Memento Mori Paperback – April 3, 2014
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About the Author
Katy O’Dowd Katy is an arts and entertainment journalist and has worked for Time Out, Associated Newspapers and Comic Relief and her articles have appeared in The Times (London), Metro (London) and many other arts and entertainment publications, paper and online. Alongside writing with her Dad under the pen-name Derry O’Dowd, whose first book ‘The Scarlet Ribbon’ was chosen to launch the History Press Ireland’s fiction line, she writes under her own name. ‘The Lady Astronomer’, a YA Steampunk tale was released by Untold Press in 2012. Katy reviews for the Historical Novels Review and the British Fantasy Society. Connect with Katy: [Webpage][Twitter][Goodreads]
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Here's what I liked: The cover. The idea of a woman assassin being able to manipulate her way around so easily. The premise of the story.
here's what I didn't like: It all felt very hollow, like there wasn't much depth to the story. It lacked description in many things. The reason behind all the murders and plotting to overthrow a crime family, while should leave someone with hot, roiling emotions, the characters all felt cold. I also didn't care for most of the flashbacks to O'Murtagh's childhood. The last one made sense, but the first few were, pointless. I felt it all needed a little more excitement.. Oh, sure, the events, I suppose were exciting, but they were told in a dull and monotone narration. Sadly, this book is out of my circle of things I should enjoy. I give it 2.7 stars.
While I had a hard time warming up to Sunday (she's not exactly the warm and fuzzy type), she is a marvellous assassin. (I joked at one point that she is the assassin Celaena Sardothien, from Throne of Glass, wanted to be.) So often female assassins in literature are shown to be emotionally crippled by their work in ways male assassins never are. Even authors who set out to write kick-ass killer heroines seem to feel obliged to maintain some semblance of the feeble female who can't quite separate herself like a man. I often find myself irritated.
Sunday's professionalism trumps her emotions time and time again and I appreciated this about her. And O'Dawd also never excuses Sunday's unladylike profession by ensuring all her victims are monochromatically bad. I came close to tears over a mark at one point and actually cried at another. Oh, how I love an author who lets likeable characters go.
Similarly, I have never come across more likeable villains than the Lamb brothers and their dandified muscle, Michaels and Davids. They're seriously bad men, who you just can't help but like.
Despite all of the unexpected ways these characters' lives intersected and the amazing writing it took to bring it all together, I did think the book drug for a while. Everything is told in a sort of staid, mellow tone that flows nicely but never really grips a reader. You meander toward the end instead of race to it.
It ended well though. By which I mean there is an actual ending. It's definitely open for more, but it's not a precipitous cliffhanger. Having finished the book, I feel I've satisfactorily finished this part of the story too. Definitely worth picking up if you like Victorian mob stories with light steampunk elements.
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