I have to admit, I didn't love the Traitor Spy Trilogy as much as I loved The Black Magician Trilogy. BUT that doesn't mean I didn't really like it. II have to admit, I didn't love the Traitor Spy Trilogy as much as I loved The Black Magician Trilogy. BUT that doesn't mean I didn't really like it. I did. I really did. And The Traitor Queen definitely did not disappoint on its own, either. I did not lose my entire study morning (and part of my afternoon) reading in bed for nothing!
All the great things you come to expect of Trudi Canavan and her novels were there - great characters, great - and real - emotions, adventure, mystery and that touch of romance that satisfies the hopeless romantic in me without the whole book revolving around it. Even some surprises - both happy and sad. (view spoiler)[ And though you saw it coming through this book - Lord Regin?? I can't decide whether I disapprove or not. Perhaps I'll need to re-read the trilogy to find out how many hints were dropped when I wasn't really thinking about him in that way. (hide spoiler)]
I hate to say it, especially of one of Trudi Canavan's works, but I think some parts of this book were resolved a bit too easily. (view spoiler)[ Especially the war at the end - that really didn't seem to be difficult at all, and the build-up for a possible 'trap' set by the Ashaki in the city meant you were expecting one - and yet none came, and then you're left feeling that it was much too easy and something was lying in wait to at least pose a bit of a challenge. (hide spoiler)] Maybe it's just the greedy reader in me, but I feel like some issues may have needed to spread out over more books .....wait, yeah, probably just greedy reader...
(On an editorial note, I had to seriously resist an urge to pull out a writing tool of some sort to mark all the typos and little errors that were in the book but obviously not caught before printing. At one point the wrong name was used! =p Sometimes I wonder why I don't pursue a career of editing awesome novels. Reading for pleasure and work at the same time!)
Overall - it was a great read. It may not have been my favourite book by her, but it's still a level above many other books out there and I will ALWAYS tell anyone who will listen (and/or read) to read books by Trudi Canavan - because she's just that awesome an author....more
"A hurricane sweeps off the Gulf of Mexico and, in the back-country of Alabama, assembles a passenger jet out of old bean-cans and junkyard waste."
I p"A hurricane sweeps off the Gulf of Mexico and, in the back-country of Alabama, assembles a passenger jet out of old bean-cans and junkyard waste."
I picked this book up for the blurb. Well - technically I picked up the book for the interesting title and awesome cover, but I bought the book for the blurb (...and the cover and the interesting title). The idea that a "Coincidence Engine" may or may not exist wasn't necessarily the thing that grabbed my attention. It was the possibility of a lack of one that got me thinking (and very, very amused) - so you've got all these big shot agencies chasing after a thing just because it MIGHT exist and it just so happens that a LOT of coincidences have happened around it ...what if they're actually chasing nothing? It could just be a bit of people seeing what they want to see. This book has the kind of ridiculous paranoia that really keeps me entertained.
And, I'm delighted to say, I rather enjoyed this novel. It was a little bit (or a lot?) crazy, funny, a little bit sad and it was jolly good fun. I'd give it 3.5 stars, because I didn't just like it, but I also wouldn't quite put it up in the 4-star range. It's definitely worth reading, however, if you're in the mood for a bit of a crazy adventure based on crazy coincidences that may or may not be caused by the mysterious "Coincidence Engine"... ...more