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Hour of the Octopus (D'Shai #2)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  220 ratings  ·  12 reviews
On the eve of a grand royal wedding, a nobleman is killed with a hunting arrow. The priceless tapestries of the bridal keep are stained with blood. And the fatal arrow bears the mark of the prime suspect--the bridegroom himself.

Only one person can solve such a crime. A man named Kami, who defied the Fifty-Two Ways of D'Shai... by creating a Fifty-Third profession.

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Paperback, 263 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Ace
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This sequel to D'Shai picks up soon after the end of the first book, but could certainly be read on its own -- indeed, if I remember correctly it doesn't even give away the solution to the first novel's mystery, although I suppose the fact that Kami is still alive and well is a hint that things resolve more or less in his favour.

As in D'Shai, the strength of the novel lies in the world-building; Kami's social position has improved, and with it his access to the upper classes, so the reader sees
Joel Flank
Hour of the Octopus by Joel Rosenberg is the sequel to the fantasy mystery D'Shai. This book picks up shortly after D'Shai ends, with the hero, Kami still adjusting to his new life as a court "seeker of truth" AKA detective, and having to deal with nobles on a daily basis, without the support of his friends and family from his previous life as a traveling acrobat. Since this is a sequel, not as much time is spent introducing the world and the background of the characters, which leaves more time ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Megan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I first picked this up at a garage sale umpteen years ago; I can't believe that anyone who's actually read the book would sell it to a fourth-grader, but I'm glad they did. Loved it then, love it now.
Howard Brazee
Loved the first book in the series, the magic system is wonderful. I find the beloved leaders to be too much like reality though.
Dec 12, 2007 Sbuchler rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy + mystery buffs
Genre: Fantasy (with a strong mystery bent)

Exactly the sort of light read that is great for reading on the treadmill. The main charactor's voice is very strong (it's mostly a first person narrator) and the blinders he wears are equally strong, and are only really pointed out to the reader at the end - which is a twist I liked. I'm not much of a mystery reader, but the plot is a murder mystery; however, mystery fans may feel a little cheated - so much of the resolution seems to be intuited... but
my first book by this author and i'll look for more. i like this subgenre anyway, but this one's nicely executed: the world-building was elaborate, the characters sprightly, and the puzzles actually qualified as well-constructed mysteries.
Read this book on my way to Army Basic Training and I thought that it was good read though not as enjoyable as Rosenberg's Guardians of the Flame series. It was an interesting setting.
Good, but has lost the new-world sheen of the original. (Also, the mystery component is less in this sequel.)
May 07, 2009 Dan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: signal
Detective story, Oriental setting. Well-narrated. The first book in this series is pretty good, too.
I am SAD that there are no more books in this series. I like it very much.
Excellent fantasy mystery mesh from Rosenberg
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Note: This is a different person than the political/thriller author, Joel C. Rosenberg

Joel Rosenberg was the author of the bestselling Guardians of the Flame books as well as the D'Shai and Keepers of the Hidden Ways series. He made his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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