by Marie Brennan – A terrific conclusion to the action begun in Warrior, this novel takes the action up several notches, while still maintaining believability and connection to the reader. Book one left the immediate conflict resolved satisfactorily, but the ripple effects of that conclusion were more like tidal waves, swamping the rest of this world. To show us the parts of the world that our main protagonist, Mirei, does not witness directly, the author made one of the important characters in Warrior into a point-of-view character here. Satomi’s political position in the witch hierarchy was a perfect vantage point from which to see the larger action of the novel; her personal POV let us see her as a woman who was always trying to do the right thing, despite the terrible choices she made that helped set into motion the conflicts in both novels.
I really enjoyed the chance to extend my time inside this rich world that Brennan created for her complex and intriguing characters. (finished 8/29/14)