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Tributary by Lisa Tawn Bergren
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Jun 18, 12

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Read in June, 2012

I’m happy to announce that, in my opinion, the series just keeps getting better.

Tributary is the first time in the series when Gabi doesn’t narrate the story at all. (She was the exclusive narrator of all three novels, and dominated most of Bourne as well.) While part of me missed her self-deprecating wit and determined POV, I was more than happy to give Lia center-stage with this one. Lia is the quieter of the two sisters, and her reserve has always intrigued me. I love getting in her head a bit more here. It’s great to know the “behind the scenes” of her relationship with Luca, and I love seeing her wrestle with the family’s decision to stay in Medieval Italy. (Don’t get me wrong–I know Marcello is super hot and sweet and wonderful, but Gabi’s seemingly easy ability to leave behind things like…um, plumbing, face wash, razors, The Vampire Diaries, and travel by car has always been a little unfathomable to me. I love that Lia doesn’t settle as easily as Gabi into this new old life.)

This installment also offers, for the first time, the POV of Luca. While it isn’t as intimate as Lia’s POV (Lia’s is in first person, and Luca’s is in third), it is still nice to see him in action a little more closely. His role as captain of the guard is better understood in Tributary, I think, because we get to see him in charge of troops and leading missions through his eyes instead of just through the eyes of the She-Wolves. He becomes less about his coy smile and broad shoulders, and more about his respectability, his determination and his leadership. While I would never say Luca isn’t a well-developed character in the other books–because he certainly is–it is nice to see some space between he and Lia here so he could really shine on his own. (As if he needs any help to be completely lovable…but still.)

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