**spoiler alert** Surprising how much I found myself enjoying this book as I neared the end when it had such a rocky start (for me at least) as I wasn**spoiler alert** Surprising how much I found myself enjoying this book as I neared the end when it had such a rocky start (for me at least) as I wasn't able to connect or even like any of the characters. If I'm to be perfectly honest, I think it was the presence of the Unmer that really snagged me (though I have to say that they make a lot of weirdly pointless weapons/knick-knacks--the contrariness of cats, that's the Unmer for you). They lured me in with the little Unmer girl in the beginning and then left me adrift until the end when the fallen Unmer were re-introduced into the story again.
I keep trying to think of ways to describe this book and I can't come up with anything satisfying. Post-apocalyptic (sort of as the Unmer were the lords of the age before this one)? Space ships (albeit it at a distance)? Bizarre conversations about parallel universes and paradoxes and the like from something like a mafia-boss-physicist-anitque-collector equivalent? An ex-soldier father on his quest to get his daughter back (perhaps not due so much to sentiment but instead more due to the principal of the thing? At least I didn't sense too much sentiment on his part unless buying them frilly dresses is supposed to indicate a wealth of caring and other fuzzy emotions)? A teenage girl with powers she doesn't quite understand (these days I guess that's not too surprising...)? Um, dragons addicted to... brine? Shark people, which is not to say they are mer-people but with shark bottoms but instead that they are shark skinned and horrible things happen to them when they are dragged out of the brine-water?
I'll happily pick up the next book if it'll reveal more about the Brutalist and prince of the Unmer. I think Ianthe may even be growing on me (at last), now that she bared her teeth in the last few chapters. I also still can't get over just how grim and unappetizing the brine concept is. I also hope to see if the concept of the Drowned are delved into more in the next book. Guess I'll just have to wait until 2013 or whenever book two is slated to come out....more