on 10 May 2010
I have read all of the books in this series to date and have really enjoyed them. However, I found this one intensely irritating. There is a lot of filling in of back information for people who are perhaps new to the series and indeed I needed to be reminded of what various artefacts were at times. However, it got very tedious this time. Maybe a glossary or something similar at the back of the book would help it move along a bit better. Also the female protagonist, Zoe, really got to me this time and I buy a lot of books BECAUSE of the strong female protagonist who has to figure it out as she goes along. However, this time I wanted to shake Zoe. Time after time she neglected to ask the obvious question that would have advanced the reader's knowledge. I realise the intention was to build up tension but this time it just fell flat. I have to say I will think twice about buying the next one.