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Establishing a new era,
This review is from: Kushiel's Scion: Treason's Heir: Book One (Paperback)
After a long break between the first series and now, fans have long since anticipated the arrival of the new Jacqueline Carey, however the question that's been bandied about the chat room's is will it live up to the hype as well as their expectations?
Facing this question, and having been a fan of the original series its been not only a long wait but one that made me apprehensive about picking up this first offering as I didn't want the magic of the first series to leave me, yet its something that in much a way that a moth is drawn to flames I found my hand wandering upon its arrival. Finally biting the bullet I picked it up and began. The tale, told from the point of view of the next generation of the original characters has had some significant changes as the magical aspect appears to have been powered down quite a bit which to be honest makes it more interesting to me as I'm a "spirit of man" type of reader. I like it when a character has to slog their way to their goal as opposed to clicking their fingers, that's no adventure plus the struggle allows the reader to see the character develop as well as allowing them to form a closer connection to them which in turn allows greater emotional attachment which builds the anticipation of each twist as you wonder what's going to happen along with how the character is going to escape.
Not quite what fans will have expected but the first offering in a new series is always going to have a hard time but by the end it's clear that Jacqueline has a clear grasp upon the protagonist and will undoubtedly improve in the next instalment. In all a slight disappointment but its solid writing that can only stand the author in good stead for future book's.