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- Print Length: 186 pages
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- Publisher: Copper Crow Books (December 8, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 8, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0083MPNP4
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She is tricked in stealing something from the British Museum thinking that she is testing their security. What follows is a whirlwind adventure throughout Europe with a sidekick (who is actually an investigator...so, I guess, technically, Zelda would be the sidekick) and a reappearing/disappearing love interest.
The nice thing is the caper actually concludes in the book, although it is a "Book 1" (presumably of a series.) I would recommend it, especially for girls in their teens or older. Zelda has a nice, down-to-earth, but flawed (and not hung up on what she looks like) personality that I think would appeal to science and tech-savvy teens.
First things first. I received a free copy of Zelda Pryce: The Razor's Edge from Library Thing, and from the author in exchange for an honest review.
As someone who is familiar with his `Other Earth' series, I knew the basic style to expect in his writing. This author does a nice job in writing good characterizations which draw you into the story. His ability to weave the scenery is fluid and descriptive without distracting from the story itself. This is also true with this book. I really liked how this was a departure from the lore of his other series and created a new world with its own set of what I call `mystical physics'. This world, while much like the one we inhabit has a magical force that is focused into items called arcana. This arcana has its own set of rules which, while seemingly magical, has its rules (loosely) based on the lore and/or science of our own world. There is even a section after the novel itself which describes the historic references from which the author gains the inspiration for the arcana which I found very enlightening. It contained references that I knew of, and a number of which I was unfamiliar with. For example, the Chekov Gun which is described in the book was inspired by a quote from Russian playwright Anton Chekov.
Regarding the story itself, it keeps a steady pace and is quite entertaining. I liked the main protagonists, but if there was a complaint I had regarding the characters, it would be that we didn't (admittedly, out of necessity from the viewpoint of the story) get to know much about the antagonist until she played a more vital role in the storyline even though her influence is felt throughout most of the story.
All in all, I recommend reading Zelda Pryce: The Razor's Edge and look forward to future installments in the series.
That's the negatives, but there are plenty of positives, too. I loved Zelda's "arcane" inventions, and all the historical, philosophical, and literary allusions in how this world's arcana are named. N.B.: There's an appendix explaining these references which I wish I'd noticed in the ToC, instead of wasting time & interrupting my reading trying to find the sources online.
The chase plot moved fast, with various devices and creatures used by both sides. The element that I had the hardest time suspending disbelief on was that a (French) government intelligence agent would allow and even encourage the participation of a naïve young American on this important race to preserve the world's arcana -- but we were eventually told that said agent was pretty nearly on her own because most governments were really more afraid of the unpredictable influence of arcana than coveting them for themselves. So okay, I guess any help is better than none.
Over all, I'd say: not one of the great works of modern literature, but I enjoyed it, and if you've gotten this far, you probably will, too.
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