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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying conclusion to the Lilith story arc, 1 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth: A Novel of the Nightside (Ace Fantasy Book) (Mass Market Paperback)
The culmination to the Lilith storyline that's been hinted at since Something From The Nightside and which picked up speed with Nightingale's Lament, this is a satisfying read in that Green ties together a number of loose ends whilst also setting the scene for the continuation of the series.

As with all of the Nightside books so far, there are some wonderful ideas and imagery in this book - Lilith's rampage against her 'children' for example is brutal in its simplicity, as is the confrontation between Merlin and Lilith whilst the scenes where Taylor's allies fall in the quest to aid him are very chilling. And yet as has been the case through the books, I can't help but wish that Green had more pages to play around with. I would love to have seen him expand out Lilith's character and motivation for example because as it is, she is a rather two-dimensional villain - the ultimate meglomaniac but without any fleshed out quality that would make her truly interesting. I'm not a fan of the relationship between Taylor and Suzie Shotgun, again because it isn't developed particularly well on the page, but it's good to see a character as truly pragmatic as Suzie in an urban fantasy and whilst I think it would have been more interesting for her to not make it to the end of the book, I was nevertheless pleased to see her return.

Despite Green's best efforts, the reader is never left in any doubt that Taylor will triumph in the end, but where Green does succeed is in setting out the cost of the victory. The Nightside at the end of the book is one that is in dire need of rebuilding - many of the old powers and the Authorities are gone and buildings have been turned into rubble. It will be interesting to see what Green chooses to do with the future books as regards the rebuilding and the shifts in the dynamics that it will necessitate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 1 Nov. 2014
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Loved it. Great way to finish off the main story line. My only slight moan is that this book should have been at the end of the series, not in the middle. This would make a great film...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nightside Rah Rah, 31 Dec. 2006
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'They might not be acceptable in polite company, but they're my friends' God, I enjoyed this book! I've only just encountered the Nightside but I still want to move there. John Taylor is sweeter than John Constantine but has a similar world weariness [and trenchcoat] Come and watch mythical monsters and similar phantasms frolic and play.
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Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth: A Novel of the Nightside (Ace Fantasy Book)
Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth: A Novel of the Nightside (Ace Fantasy Book) by Simon R. Green (Mass Market Paperback - 28 Feb. 2006)
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