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Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King
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Jan 20, 13

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Read from January 10 to 17, 2013

Much better than Pirate King because there's more plot and less silliness. Old friends Mahmoud and Ali are back, the mute boy is a great secondary character, and the story is thoroughly grounded in the actual history of Morocco. Several real people are featured, including Hubert Lyautey and Abd el Krim and you get a lot of background about the politics, governance and military history of the region. Drawbacks: sometimes a little too much history and politics, a little heavy on tell as opposed to show, and the Big Reveal at the end was awfully convoluted. I'm still not sure I get it, what with the plots within plots within plots and people faking this loyalty and that.

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