Circle of Enemies (Twenty Palaces #3)
Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.
Reviewed for Bitten by Books. http://bittenbybooks.com.
As I quipped on Twitter, this book grabbed me like a facehugger from the Alien movies. It had me reading until late into the night (and wobbling with sleep-deprivation the next day.) The plot is gripping, and while the action moves quickly, the writing is so clean and skillful that you never get confus ...more
I continue to like this world and found that the character development enjoyable and believable. There were very hard choices that had to be made in this book and they were handled well with a mix of dread and resolute determination. The understanding Ray had of his boss and the ...more
There's a lot of urban fantasy out there these days. There are also a lot of paranormal romances out there. Often it can be hard to tell the difference or mark exactly where a book crosses the line in subgenre. With Connolly's Twenty Palaces series that's not a problem in the slightest. This uber-violent take no prisoners series is the furthest thin ...more
I really enjoyed the first two books, but only at the 4 star level. I think this the first time in my reading career I've ever given a 5 start review to the third book in a series when the other two were 4 stars.
If you like Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden or Kevin Hearne's Atticus, and you haven't hung out yet with Connolly's Ray Lily, then you're tota ...more
The third installment in Harry Connolly’s Twenty Palaces series, Circle of Enemies returns us once again to the story of Ray Lilly. Continuing in the footsteps of its predecessors, Circle of Enemies is full of wonderfully gritty realism and a completely morally ambiguous protagonist who is a lot of fun to follow.
This time, it’s personal
Yes, the tagline is cheesy, but it’s the best way to sum up the initial premise of the novel. An ex-convict, Ray has survi ...more
I like this series. It's different from most UF that I read -- these aren't your typical monsters, and Ray is often left so much in the dark that my heart really goes out to the guy. On the other hand, his "ghost knife" often seems like the Ginsu knife of the magic world -- it slices, it dices, it can do anything the plot requires of it. So at times Ray seems very underpow ...more
Ray is back in sunny southern California because members of the car-heist gang he used to belong to have acquired some ma ...more
In this book the protagonists prove who they really are. The villains die, the world is safe and the good guys finally decide to make the world a better place.
I highly recommend this novel!
More enemies, some growth with Ray Lilly (who I pictured as having some sort of Pacific Islander heritage, although he sure doesn't look i ...more
Like the earlier books (Child of Fire and Game of Cages), Ray is increasingly damaged by the past. In particular, ...more
I was a bit reluctant about the plot at first because, frankly, I felt like I got too strong a dose of Ray Lilly's "I used to be a criminal" introspection in the first book. Which has always been the least interesting part of this series for me and not something I wanted to revisit. So the idea of him returning to his old criminal stomping ground did not appeal ...more
Ray is visited by a ghost from his past. She appears out of nowhere in his apartment above his aunt’s garage, blames him for killing her and the rest of their mut ...more
Phfft...this is a bunch of "friends" Ray is much better off without! Friends who betray and rob each other at the drop of a hat.
How sick is this? Wally claims he's doing these things to his old circle because Ray helped him in high school???
Why is it people never seem to grasp when to shut up and be still in a dange ...more
Overall, this book was good- very good, even. A lot of the problems that I had in the series were ironed out, and whereas I felt like the second book was absurdly unlikable and borderline pointless, this one felt solid. Ray Lily, the protagonist, is still the vaguely misanthropic yet moralistic asshole who works for powerful mages, but by introducing elements of his past, the character seems to become much more fleshed out. Likewise, ...more
The third installment in Harry Connolly's Twenty Palaces series, Circle of Enemies returns us once again to the story of Ray Lilly. Continuing in the footsteps of its predecessors, Circle of Enemies is full of wonderfully gritty realism and a completely morally ambiguous protagonist who is a lot of fun to follow.
This time, it's personal
Yes, the tagline is cheesy, but it's the best way to sum up the initial premise of the novel. An ex-convict, Ray has survi