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Hands of Flame by C.E. Murphy
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Sep 15, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, supernatural
Read in September, 2008

Ooh, this was a good one, though it felt slightly rushed. There seemed to be a lot more story to tell than fit into the page volume, so the action was pretty much nonstop and it felt like a really wild roller coaster.

In this book (third in the Negotiator series), all secrets are revealed with a vengeance, and the accumulated debts and promises from the first two books are all collected and distributed appropriately. (It felt a bit like the Mahabharata, when everything comes due.) Very satisfying, and I like Murphy's take on her mythology. And the truth about Grace O'Malley is just what it should have been. :)

Unfortunately, Murphy isn't going to write any more of these for a while. Which seems somewhat fair, since this was a fairly decisive, though hurried, finish for everything. Fortunately, she's going back to the Urban Shaman books. Her writing skills have improved since she left them, and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next. :)
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