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4.0 out of 5 stars A great new urban legend has been created. Meet Raymond Lilly., 22 Oct 2009
This review is from: Child of Fire: A Twenty Palaces Novel (Mass Market Paperback)
Raymond Lilly doesn't know what his final destination is going to be but he does know that when he gets there, when he finishes the job his boss has for him to do, then he is going to die. His boss, the sorceress Annalise Powliss, would kill him right now but she's probably been told by the Twenty Palace Society that she can't, yet. Annalise's mission is to find workers of magic and the spell books they have as well as predators, so she can destroy them. She is extremely well equipped to do this work. Ray is just along as her driver and her "wooden man". His reason for volunteering for this mission is to try to do something to atone for his past. The magic force in Hammer Bay, Washington, is immense and volatile. Parents watch their own children being consumed by flames and yet have no memory that the child ever existed. Silver-gray worms leave scorch marks on anything they touch on their way to burrowing into the ground. Dogs that aren't actually dogs at all kill seemingly innocent victims. This town has some serious problems.

Raymond Lilly is a character to watch, and I do mean watch closely. This first episode in the new series created by Harry Connolly will keep readers of urban fantasy adventures sitting on the edge of their seat. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. This book starts off at a dead run and just keeps moving faster. There is action literally on every page as we become acquainted with Ray and the guilt he is suffering over the things he has done in his past. Just released from prison, he is completely in the dark about what is going to happen with Annalise and so is the reader. This author kept me in the dark about most of the major aspects of this story and yet the action taking place was so riveting that I think I forgive him for that. The book is very obviously part of a series. There are absolutely no explanations given concerning what the Twenty Palace Society is. Nothing. Not who makes it up, how it works, what it does. Nothing. There are huge holes left in the history of both Ray and Annalise. I have a mental picture of Annalise but can't come up with anything about Ray. Except for the tattoos, but then, the tattoos aren't just your average tattoo anyway. Definitely things which I wanted to know but which are destined to be revealed in another thrilling adventure. The story has an ending of sorts but not one I would usually allow an author to get away with. All of these things make me begin the countdown to when book two in the series will be released. I don't know when exactly, but I do know that I'm already waiting.

This book receives a very high recommendation from me. I would have liked more detail about what happened in Ray's past. I wish Annalise had talked to Ray more about what she was planning to do and why. I would have liked more information (or even SOME information) about the Twenty Palace Society. I wish the author had chosen a different age group for the victims of the magic. All of these things may sound like negatives and I suppose in some respects they are, but they also show my involvement in this book and my willingness to accept the author's story. I'm waiting impatiently for book two in this fascinating new series. It is almost impossible to believe that this book was written by a debut author.
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Initial post: 3 Nov 2009 23:40:49 GMT
Nick Brett says:
yes yes yes I bought it and it WAS good!
Nick

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2009 14:48:28 GMT
J. Lesley says:
So now we get to sit on our hands and wait for the sequel. I can see this one stretching out to many, many books.
Judy

Posted on 5 Nov 2009 22:26:59 GMT
Julia Flyte says:
Judy this really doesn't sound like a book I would read but I like your review a lot.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2009 22:44:28 GMT
J. Lesley says:
Hi Julia. No, probably not ever going to be a favorite genre for you, but I absolutely loved it. Sometimes I hit the jackpot with Vine books and this was one of those with the pot of gold. My list of authors to keep track of is getting longer than I can comfortably handle now without writing them down. Another list to keep track of!
Judy
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