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Tyrant by Christian Cameron
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Feb 06, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2010_release_read, mainstream, read_2010, t_notable_books_2010
Read on February 06, 2010

Assuming you read the blurb so you have an idea about what the novel is about I strongly recommend this as even a better starting point than Tyrant 1 since it deals with the children of the heroes there, takes place some 12-3 years later and all needed back-story appears, while the novel is more exciting, lighter in some ways, much more adventure oriented and without the sense of doom that pervaded the first duology; I would not say it's YA despite that the main heroes start at 12 (twin girl/boy) and it's really fun.

The same compelling narrative, attention to detail and strong characters as in the original duology and a strong A, almost an A+ and the best of the series so far.

I loved the Tyrant series and those two books I could not put down when I got them (plus all the qualities mentioned above - excellent research, pitch perfect 328 BC atmosphere, great characters, action, intrigue...)but the duology starting with the strong foreshadowing for its ending - foreshadowing that repeats, is amplified... quite a few times - was sometimes too "burdened" by that and I felt that overall it subtracted a bit from the appeal - maybe added some power, but not enough

Here once we escape the foreshadowing, the new series - which may go 3 more - juts soars from the first pages and it's much more enjoyable; events are still brutal, main characters still get killed and there is no real wish-fulfillment either but I think the more adventure oriented narration benefits the new series a lot
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