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The Lyre Thief (Hythrun Chronicles) Hardcover – 8 Mar 2016
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"Fallon skillfully cranks up the tension, building a taut web of interlocking schemes, plots, and shady politics. With its lively cast of characters, conflicting motivations, and a bit of romance, Fallon's latest Hythrun novel will entertain new readers and returning fans." --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
JENNIFER FALLON is the award-winning author of The Hythrun Chronicles, including Wolfblade, Warrior and Warlord, as well as the Tide Lords quartet.
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The cast of characters is beautifully developed and entertaining throughout, with many old favourites and a strong set of new POV characters (Charisee, Rakaia, etc.) to carry the multiple storylines. Fallon excels in political intrigue and clever turns of phrase, and in fact, her casual but entirely clear and concise narrative voice might be my favourite thing about her work.
The Lyre Thief ties in neatly with the previous work, picking up on some loose ends from The Demon Child Trilogy, but also stands quite competently on its own. This does mean that the dialogue is sometimes exposition-heavy but it's to be expected of a novel setting up the stage for a three book arc and relying on the historical context of its world.
On the whole, I genuinely cannot wait for the next installment in 2017. Thoroughly recommended for any fantasy fans who haven't read Fallon's previous work and a total must-read for everyone who has.
EDIT: The decision to label the review with 4* instead of 5* comes largely from my reasoning that the best is yet to come in this series. Buy the book and see for yourselves, it's pretty great.
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I was not disappointed. Once again Ms Fallon has delivered an outstanding novel with all the intricacies in plot and world building I have come to expect. Without giving anything away this book takes you on a magical journey and I can not wait to read the next book. Well known places and well loved (and not so well loved) characters return in addition to a raft of new characters we can get to know.
It is not necessary to have read the other two series set in this world but if you have not I would urge you to do so because it brings a deeper understanding of the intricate world Ms Fallon has created.
I will definitely be buying the hard cover to add to my collection once it is released.
Everything flowed as if it were only yesterday. All the characters are true to form (especially Marla....oh how I now appreciate her).
I am in awe how Jennifer manages to encapsulate the essence of each person, each so individual but she understands them all and it is so easy to appreciate and love them. Well, not all, she has managed to create some truly nasty, slimey and debauched ones, but even they are a delight. I love it when she makes me burst out laughing or gasp with anticipation.
I eagerly await the next book.