on 2 June 2014
The synopsis made me feel like this book could be as exciting as Legend, but after a "hurried" introduction to the main character, Rivka, and her challenges at the various military schools she finished, we get various descriptions of military missions that are a bit dull. I didn't feel like a know Rivka any more than at the first few pages, this is, I didn't see much character development. Also, the training gives enormous emphasis on physical training, weapons training, mastering meditation and warrior inner strenght...and suddenly, upon finishing the academies that are progressively more antagonistic and hard to complete, she is Captain and commands operations. It seems in-congruent with all the assassin-type training she received. There was no mention of strategy training, learning to command teams, team work, only one to one practice with experienced warriors and then she has to command troops all of a sudden. This didnt feel realistic. Language is a bit wooden, there is no romance so far (I am at 3/4 of the book and struggling to finish), and there seems to be no culmination, but a repeat of the missions one after the other, with no prominent thread or build-up...Not sure if I would recommend it, maybe a man would find it more to his taste due to the military operations descriptions...
on 22 August 2015
I would be the first to admit that this is not my usual fare, a distinct lack of romance and a very militant plot are usually the opposite of my normal reads, however this book for me is the exception to the rule.
This book at its heart is about family, Rivka goes from being the unwanted daughter, to having a sister she chooses and a family she builds in the teams she is assigned, and finds peace in the choice that was taken away from her. Her perspective (her new family) gives her a unique view to her assignments and while it makes her superiors nervous it evolves the role the Guard plays and ensures that her family survives to fight another day.
As I mentioned before this is not my usual fare but I love it and it is well worth the read again and again. Xxx