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1.0 out of 5 stars
I absolutely adore the writing of Tamora Pierce - but NOT this time, 18 Jan 2012
If you love Tamora Pierce books and the books about Beka Cooper I would really really would recommend you NOT to read this book.
Not that is utterly horrible. It is just that compared to her other work in the realm of Torall this one is just absolutely not up to Pierce otherwise fantastic work. After reading "Mastiff" I wished I hadn't because it completely ruined the other Beka Cooper books for me.
What normally makes Pierce Torall books really great and engaging: the characters and their development, the engaging romances without it becoming forced or too much, and Pierce "magic" touch with writing just was not there - at all...
The beginning was interesting, because it was unexpected but afterwards just followed a lot of travelling this place and that (a really tiresome business when not done great) almost only with Beka and Tunstall as known characters from the other books. This following a boring plot made worse by a sappy romance with a new character and an absolutely horrible ending. The saying: "Kill your darlings" should not be done if you are only looking to make a sorry excuse of a plot work for you. Just saying.
All in all I could not really recognize the personality depth from the former books in any of the characters.
I hope you don't read it and if you do I sincerely hope you won't be as disappointed as I was.