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With Grakin gone, Kari's working her way through her feelings again. She doesn't want to stay stuck in grief, but she doesn't know if she's ready for a new relationship. I'm curious to see more of Kris, as the little bit we do see show he's a very different person than Grakin was, and one perhaps better matched to Kari's hunter lifestyle. Especially if she does end up with a war against the demon kings (which, given the ending, looks entirely possible to be far sooner than she thought).
Kari's actual fulfillment of her bargain is one of my favorite parts of the whole series. Not just the act itself, but everything that built up to it---the disguise she uses to infiltrate Sekassus's territory, the way she interacts with the locals, and all of the little bonuses she scored for Morduri. She's planning for the long-term. And it's her compassion, as well as her martial skills, that draw so many others to follow her lead.
Also Kari is learning bad words in other languages, and putting them to excellent use. *evil grin*
I like how she's forging relationships between the worlds. Person by person, both the powerful and the ordinary, she's fighting for people who often don't know how to fight for themselves. She's stirring them to want freedom. This is most personal with Seanada, who has grown to be a friend, and who Kari wants to find happiness in places where Seanada is too cautious to try.
Seanada smiled at her mother, and the two chuckled. “Not every problem can be solved with a knife, but I try that first anyway,” the assassin said.
The demonhunter shrugged. “Well, you know what they say: if at first you don’t succeed…” Seanada’s expression remained blank. “Try, try again.”
“Corpses rarely put in a second effort,” the half-syrinthian countered, but then she let out one of those rare but heartwarming laughs.
All in all, given what this book did and where it left off, I absolutely can't wait for the next installment. These are funny, exciting, and full of so much heart. I rate this book Highly Recommended.
Each book begins and develops rather slowly, which I don't mind as it gives me time to get to know the characters, the world and the tenor of the setting. While Mr. Jackson is not the most technically accomplished author I have read, he is very gifted as a storyteller. His characters are fully rounded, flawed and mostly very believable. Karian Vanador, the sole focus throughout, is highly idealized but still one I could identify with to a large degree. She grows and changes in ways that I can easily understand and accept. Maybe because her travails parallel my own to some extent, expanding her sense of "humanity" to include people she hadn't previously considered (to make this clearer, I am Buddhist and have extended my sense of people to include a good many animals and groups of animals).
The thing that sets this saga apart from so many others is the fact that humans play almost no part in the entirety of it. I am very impressed with this particular author, as devout Christians almost never, in my experience, show the kind of open-mindedness and acceptance that Mr. Jackson does. I hesitate to sing his praises too loudly because I had my heart broken by Orson Scott Card, who turned out to be a raging homophobe. I have no respect for people like that, and refuse to read any more of his books.
I sincerely hope that Mr. Jackson continues with his series, and I will follow him until/unless he shows an intolerant underside. Here's hoping, because this author is perhaps the best in terms of world-building with aliens that I've read since Card, or the estimable Octavia Butler (if you love really different SF/fantasy, she's amazing!).
If you're looking for something REALLY different, read this series! It's simply wonderful!