I love cheesy, crazy, action packed mysteries. I've only ever read one other book in the Cotton Malone series, so I was clueless as to the other chara...moreI love cheesy, crazy, action packed mysteries. I've only ever read one other book in the Cotton Malone series, so I was clueless as to the other characters like Viktor and Cassiopeia, and their significance in previous adventures (besides what the book reminisced over, of course).
While some mysteries can have a bit or a lot of disturbing content thrown in, this book wasn't all that bad. Sure there were evil masterminded eunuch's and moments where some characters talked about disturbing things and times when the government and certain peoples executed torture, but overall this book kept things going and the author didn't only concentrate on the gory part of things. Some stuff seemed to be added in just for the fun of it or to move the plot along, but I still enjoyed this book, and there were lots of parts that kept me page turning like mad. (less)
I was mainly interested in this book because it had a Romanian protagonist, living in Romania during the rule of Ceaușescu. And since I've never seen...moreI was mainly interested in this book because it had a Romanian protagonist, living in Romania during the rule of Ceaușescu. And since I've never seen a fictional book about my father and mother's homeland (I've never searched before), I decided to read it. I liked it well enough, though the tense of writing really started to annoy me. It was written in a past tense, and, like people have said, the style was somewhat fragmented in sentence structure. And near the end it started to putter out, and I started to get bored.
I would recommended this book to some people, but, in this case, I'm biased. It had it's good moments, but it's not one of my new favorites.(less)
I finished this book yesterday, having finally read it after buying it years ago. Mainly I didn't read it yet because, when I bought it, I wasn't awar...moreI finished this book yesterday, having finally read it after buying it years ago. Mainly I didn't read it yet because, when I bought it, I wasn't aware it was the second in a series, and I just never took the time to check out the first book. The Trickster series are the only books I've read by Pierce, and they're decent enough, though there's room for improvement.
The way everything pans out in the end for Aly, the Balitangs, the kingdom in general, etc, was a bit too cheesy. It took a while for the ball to start rolling, but near the end it all just rushed through it, especially the final battle and the epilogue. (view spoiler)[And in the end, lots of characters (main ones included) were killed off, while throughout the entire book everyone just suffered minor injuries or broken bones at the most. I felt also that Aly and Nawat's relationship was rushed. Yeah, yeah you don't realize how much you treasure something until it's gone, but all of a sudden it was all 'Oh Nawat's here out of the blue' and then sexy time happened, and then happened again, and then again later on.
Everything always seems too easy for Aly - just like other reviewers keeps saying, things just fall in her lap. Another unrealistic thing: no one pushes the matter of finding out Aly's background. Because of centuries of oppression, the Raka are a people who are always on their guard, always wary, always cautious. This is explained more than once throughout the book. Yet they always believe Aly and the god have it all planned out, everyone constantly views Aly in awe and admiration, and give her compliments in every other chapter.
I've never met someone who likes a perfect main character. I feel like Pierce was trying too hard to make Aly witty, independent, clever, and charming.
And the killing off of Elsren and the boy king felt like just a way to make things start rolling and to add more tragedy to the story. Ugh. (hide spoiler)]
I did enjoy the book, but I've read better. I have to warn you - if you read it - it's sometimes hard to keep up with all the characters' names and the names of the different parts of the kingdoms. I still want to check out the Lioness series, I've heard good things about it. In my opinion the Tricksters series is worth a read - it was enjoyable enough - but it's not my top pick.