- Like the The Black Magician series and The Traitor Spy Trilogy, Trudi Canavan's latest novel harnesses multiple storylines, giving each equal attention. In this novel, there are only two leads -- one male, one female. I found both stories of equal interest...but I am disappointed in Canavan's treatment of something in this department! Ah! How could she?! HOW COULD SHE!?
- Yes, I'll keep reading this series.
- Both of these compelling narratives move along at a fair (but not fast) pace. And Canavan's writing has this confidence to it that I settle into, sighing with certainty I am in good, intelligent hands.
- The world-building is tremendous, as I expect from Canavan. The magical system is sophisticated and fascinating.
- The characters are incredible, as usual. Like many of Canavan's protagonists, they operate in a moral grey area, but are essentially good, and likeable.
- There is some unpleasant sexual content, but I think it was handled with care and was integral to the story (a rare thing, I've found!).
- There is some world-specific terminology again, but it is again carefully meted out so as not to overwhelm.
- There is no really nasty violence or offensive language.
Review copy received from Hachette.