My rating: 5 of 5 stars
OMG I loved this book and not just because there were several (Squee! SEVERAL!) words I didn’t know but because the characters were clever, intelligent and compelling. Ok, ok, the plot was a little weak but I’m hoping the subsequent books make up for it – assuming that the main goal of the first book was to immerse and educate the reader to this brand spanking new world.
The Good: Each character (and there were many!) had their own distinct voice and I had no trouble knowing who was talking or remembering which character played which role. Comparing this one to some of the other books I’ve read recently really illuminates the fact that I’ve been scraping the bottom of the barrel of literary trash. The interactions of the characters were well done, they advanced the plot and revealed interesting bits and pieces about the characters themselves.
I found myself smiling a few times at the interactions of the characters and can’t wait to delve into the second book tonight!
The Bad: Nothing was truly ‘bad’. Like I said, the plot was a little thin but I suspect it’s main purpose was to set the stage for subsequent books. The consequences and ripple effects of a certain character’s machinations in book one certainly have long reaching and world changing potential.
Overall, I love Merit’s character. She’s smart, funny and sarcastic without being dark and cynical. Her wits and smart evaluations of situations are a welcome reprieve from ‘helpless female’ characters I’ve been reading about lately. She’s up there with my favorites: Anita Blake (dark, angry, violent and puts the “fierce” in fiercely loyal), Rachel Morgan (fiery, impulsive and warm-hearted) and Charley Davidson (oooh the quips, I love the quips! The bad-assery doesn’t hurt either!)