- Series: The Lyra Novels (Book 5)
- Paperback: 332 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (December 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781453236956
- ISBN-13: 978-1453236956
- ASIN: 1453236953
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,171,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is my second favorite book by Wrade (The enchanted chocolate pot will always be number one) and I will defiantly try and find more by her.
The plot is well done, though not as tight as it might be. I found myself re-reading passages to see what was really going on. However, it all worked out in the long run. I want to say to the author that readers should not have to double-check to follow the plot, but for the most part she manages the flow of the plot quite adequately.
The characters were nicely done. Each one had his/her characteristics and pretty much the subsequent actions and words stayed in character (except for the Aunt who inexplicably became helpful). There were a couple of times when tense arguments were resolved by laughter, except that, re-reading the conversation, I could not tell what was so humorous or witty as to evoke laughter.
The city descriptions set in juxtaposition to the main character's lifelong experience in open mountain country were very well done. The way the character was uncomfortable with the crowded streets and the confined alleyways very nicely brought out both her character and the nature of the city.
SUGGESTION: If you like to follow individual characters, their actions and motives, start a list of dramatis personae right from the start. There are lots of actors and keeping them straight can be difficult (thank goodness for Kindle's search feature), especially when a character appears for a chapter, then disappears, only to be referred to in conversation a few chapters later. It's hard to tell, when a character is introduced, if he/she is going to be a major player or appear only as supporting cast.
Character and place names are easy to differentiate, except for the "C" ones: Cilhar, Calmarten, Ciaron, Climeral, Charis. The other characters' names start with different consonants and are easier to keep straight.
If, on the other hand, you are person who reads a couple of novels a day, and are interested only in the story arc and the general idea of what's going on, then don't bother making a list of characters. Just skim and enjoy.
I liked this book and will read others by the same author.