I didn't like this book as much as the first two in the trilogy. To start with, it just seemed like a continuation of the second book. The first two bI didn't like this book as much as the first two in the trilogy. To start with, it just seemed like a continuation of the second book. The first two books--Poison Study and Magic Study-followed Yelena story but each had a different plot. This book's plot was rather weak compared to the other two. Secondly, The whole book seemed to consist of: travel to this place, someone gets kidnapped, travel to that place to rescue them, someone gets kidnapped, etc. The also had problems really identifying what/who the main antagonist was. I got the basic concept, but he could have been explain a little better. Overall, I feel most of the story in this book could have been explained a little better.
On the other hand, it was still an interesting book. I had grown to love the characters and enjoyed reading about them in another book. Maria Snyder does a great job of coming up with a unique twist on magic and that was enjoyable to read.
While I feel this trilogy should have stopped after the second book, the first two were fun and interesting enough that I would love to try more of her books sometime in the future....more
A great continuation of Poison Study! I did feel that Yelena was a little too headstrong in this book and seemed more reckless than in charge. I alsoA great continuation of Poison Study! I did feel that Yelena was a little too headstrong in this book and seemed more reckless than in charge. I also wish that in both this book and the first one that there was a little more emphasis on the instruction she was receiving. But overall great. Can't wait for the last in the trilogy, Fire Study....more
Very good book. I really enjoyed the initial twist that threw Yelena into her new career as the Commander's food taster. While the romance between ValVery good book. I really enjoyed the initial twist that threw Yelena into her new career as the Commander's food taster. While the romance between Valek and Yelena did seem to pick up very quickly, the subtle concern that they showed for each other was very sweet. I also loved Yelena was a very complex character. She had a lot of emotional trauma that she had to overcome. Yet she managed to maintain a small amount of innocence. She was also practical and very stubborn and strong.
I also loved Valek, but I did wish there was more of him. I felt that I didn't know him very well by the end of the book, which was a little odd in the main love interest. However, what I did see, I loved. He was protective when needed, yet he trusted in Yelena. I also thought he was an interesting spy and assassin--and I want to see more!
My main problem with the story was that many points felt rushed. I wasn't always sure why or how we got to certain events....more
I loved Master of Crows. A young girl is sent to spy on the Master of Crows in order to win her freedom, but during the course of the book, they fallI loved Master of Crows. A young girl is sent to spy on the Master of Crows in order to win her freedom, but during the course of the book, they fall in love. Even though the fantasy story behind the romance is interesting, the book does throw their relationship into the foreground. What really drew me into this book was the characters. The main characters were complex and well-thought-out. They also acted in very natural ways. I didn't feel like I was reading characters drawn up by an author, but a story about how actual people would respond to these situations.
I don't have a lot else to say as I was so drawn into this world, that it was hard to stay objective. I only wish that this wasn't a stand alone......more
I enjoyed this book although I am biased as I always love Lilith Saintcrow's work. With a steampunk universe mixed with a powerful sorceress and a SheI enjoyed this book although I am biased as I always love Lilith Saintcrow's work. With a steampunk universe mixed with a powerful sorceress and a Sherlock Holmes-like character, this book felt both familiar and new. I could feel the influences the book was based on, but it was also unique in its characters and their place in the world. Between the two main characters--Clare and Bannon--the female is the more powerful and take-charge of the two (at least in this first book). She is neither an over-the-top emotional character nor so tough that it becomes cliche. She is intelligent, brave, loyal, and knows her own faults. Clare on the other hand is often out of his depth (although he is learning), but highly respects Bannon.
I also loved that the possible love interest is not between the two main characters. I enjoy the fact that the characters have lives outside of each other and we see their pasts affect their future. While we are left wondering about the depth of the love interest between Bannon and Mikal, it is a very interesting relationship I can't wait to see progress.
My only criticism is that I felt confused too often for my liking. While some of this may be a by-product of my inexperience in the steampunk genre, it felt like the plot was more confusing than the world. We do get a lot of information about the characters' pasts, but most of it didn't make much sense until the end. The big reveal where everything comes together appeared too late in the story for me. I felt like I need to reread it right away to figure out the plot in its entirety (which may not be a bad thing--often I get more enjoyment after rereading books).
Overall, I love this author and many of her stories are not complete until the end of the series/collection. I can't wait to read more. ...more
I enjoyed this book. Its one of those books (and series so far) that I'm not always sure why I like it, but every page I turn draws me in more and morI enjoyed this book. Its one of those books (and series so far) that I'm not always sure why I like it, but every page I turn draws me in more and more. Part of it is the originality of the main character. Stark is still a slightly selfish, slightly apathetic, kick-ass character who would do anything for his friends. He'll work with angels or devils--whoever pays. Some of the other parts that drew me in where the continued uniqueness to Lucifer. He isn't portrayed as evil. In fact, he feels as if someone must rule Hell to give it order. He is definitely highly intelligent and scheming, but you get a fallen angel feel from him instead of the prince of darkness. I also enjoyed Stark and Kasibian's relationship and hope it continues to grow in future books. Every once and awhile I'm pulled out from the story though with a scene that seems out of place and unnecessary. The entire scene where Stark descends into the realm of the dead was built up so much and then he basically found out nothing of importance there. Meeting up with the Savant was likewise disappointing although it saved Bridgette (which was important). Overall, can't wait to continue reading this truly unique series....more