Thief with No Shadow Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 2007
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"Emily Gee's first novel, Thief With No Shadow, is a finely faceted gem. Her haunting prose reads like Hans Christian Anderson for twenty-first century adults. Bravo!" -Mindy Klasky, author of The Glasswright's Apprentice.
About the Author
"Emily has a Bachelor of Science (Geology) and a Post Graduate Diploma (Rehabilitation). She loves to travel and has lived and studied in Sweden, backpacked in Europe, and travelled overland in the Middle East, China, and North Africa. Her varied career includes stints as a field assistant in Antarctica, a waitress on the Isle of Skye, and a rehabilitation instructor in New Zealand. She currently works in the wine industry in Marlborough, New Zealand."
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I found this book very strange. On the one hand I liked the fact that it only has five (including a dog that Bastian can communicate with) main characters but I also thought it was overly long, very repetitive and at times quite poorly written. Also, I found the fantasy elements of the book a tad disappointing. I wish that Melke had more powers, turning invisible seems quite lame. Bastian's gift of speaking to animals could have been expanded on. I didn't like the very dark elements, and I think overall the basic story just wasn't interesting enough.
I galloped through this book in the space of 3 hours.
Now usually that means that it was just too enjoyable to stop reading , but not this time.
The story hinges around a magic necklace that the hero's family stole from a mystical and vengeful sea creature.
Or to put it simply;
1. Hero has necklace
2. Sea monster wants necklace
3. Heroine steals necklace from boy to give to salamanders
4. Then steals necklace back to return to hero and so on......
The back cover says that this is a 'rich romantic fantasy', not in my book it isn't.
The front cover says 'A finely faceted gem'... well in my view it was more of a bludgeon, there was no subtlety and if not for the disturbing violent sexual imagery I would have said that it read like a book written for children.
The love story is completely unbelievable, the antipathy that the hero first feels toward the heroine is so overdone it is more of a caricature than a believable emotion.
Oh, and there is rape and sodomy of the two male characters, and the sub plot is the story of a 15 year old prostitute who is murdered by the man who impregnated her.
In conclusion, I have to say that if I could have the three hours back that I spent reading this book then I would do the ironing instead, it would be more enjoyable.....
There is fantasy, magic and romance but they are not the crux of the story it goes beyond that. I think that is what I like so much about this tale, it is a breath of fresh air to the genre. No it is not high powered magical battles, no great shadow of oppression facing a nation, but four people thrown together in a small arena of life and the tensions and reactions that follow. Its very real in its feeling as you read even though there are mythical creatures and family curses the human character and emotions; pride, hate, compassion, grief, fear, love, remorse, guilt and redemption all mix in this fantastic tale.
This book is one of my favourites and a well read copy will always have a place on my book case.
I loved this novel & read it from front to back in a day, her story telling sucks you in. It's not soppy either, the characters are multi faceted & flawed, the prose real & magical creatures terrifying. Melke is between a rock & hard place but she rises to the the challenge especially when faced with Bastian whom despises her & spits in her company quite regulary.
Batians dog Endal is the star of the show as far as I'm concerned & I wish I could see more of him & this wasn't a one off.
I will definately read more by this author here are the links for her next two books. The Laurentine Spy ------- The Sentinel Mage Enjoy....
Hopefully this author will continue to produce in a similar vein..
overall not a masterpiece but nor is it a bad read either
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