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The book is smart; the plot is tight. This was no fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants achievement. It’s obvious (to me anyway) the plot was planned in advance and then strictly adhered to. Events and characters are foreshadowed from the start and they come together in an elegant way by the end.
This is an engaging and complex book, and it is well worth reading if you’re looking for more than mind fluff.
What do I like about this book:
I like that it's complex.
There is politics, religion, drugs, occult. It goes from single characters to different governments and manages to keep it all flowing forward. The world building is awesome. It builds the complexity of the story rather than overwhelming it. He lets you learn about it in the periphery rather than, “Here's My World A-B-C.”
I like that it's not all sunshine and rainbows.
The story gets quite dark. Drugs, mental breakdown, violence. The author and the characters do not shy away from what happens and/or what needs to happen. While it's clear that there should be a 2nd book coming out, this book makes it clear that the ending will NOT be “happily ever after.”
I like that it's not fluff.
This book does require intelligence to read. But, it's not like reading a stuffy classic. The mental requirements are for keeping up with the intricate and complex plot, not for keeping up with the prose style. While this will turn off a lot of people, for those of you that do read it, you will not be disappointed.
What I don't like:
It's clear that there is more to the story; it doesn't end in a cliffhanger, but the story is definitely not done. However, there is not a 2nd book, and there is no indication of if/when there will be a 2nd book.
The author page for T Mountebank makes me nervous. The author clearly wants to remain anonymous (with a photo that looks like from the 20's and a name like Mountebank...)
I have read a few of the reviews that say this is translated from Russian, so hopefully they will translate the next one soon! I would really like to see what happens!!!
It starts with those ominous opening lines: “General Berringer remembers the night he could have ended it."
And from there we are drawn into the treacherous world of Sister Sable, a nun on the run not only from her own religious order, but also from the King’s Army, his soldiers and spies, and his spymaster, Catherine, who has a mind so full of schemes there’s no room for compassion.
There is an extremely high level of competency to each character, so the action is intelligent. The plans-within-plans are plausible, clever, and tricky enough to impress even the most jaded readers of espionage.
The book is driven by both the poetic language and the action based conflict, but it works because of the characters (they are all so exquisitely crafted for their roles) and the very tight plot.
I give it 5 stars because after all that it also lingers in my mind like a shadowy illusion. I cannot seem to move on to another book. Nothing feels right now.
So, well done, Mountebank, you have successfully managed to shatter my mind as well.
Mountebank paints two vivid landscapes from the beginning of the book - the first is the physical and the second is entirely in the mind. These two places exist both together and apart through the whole book. A young woman is both nothing and everything to the entire world. She and those around her must find their path and a way to follow it so it leads to an unbroken world.
Can Sable love and be loved? Can she protect her friends and the King? Or does Destiny doom her from the moment she took her first breath?
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Would I recommend it to all audiences? No. But to fans of dark fiction I would recommend it with the highest certainty.
The actual story beneath the action is gripping, and both constantly kept me on the edge of my seat.Read more