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on 15 January 2007
This is a completely new world to those of us who are familiar with reading Tamora Pierce's Tortall books. Yes it is vaguely familiar but it is also completely different. It's grittier and harder.
The story itself is in a completley new format; that of a journal. To be honest it takes a bit of getting used to- especially with the phonetic spelling in one journal entry. But once you get into it you discover that it really works and that it draws you more into the story.
The character of Beka Cooper is both what you expect and what you don't of one of Tamora Pierce's heroines (or Sheroes, if you prefer). She's shy to the point where it can be debilitating but she doesn't let that stop her. In many ways she is stronger than Alanna (from Song of the Lioness quartet) but she's got Alanna and Kel (from Protector of the Small quartet)'s love of what she does. It isn't just a job for her. She cares about the people she's protecting.
The other characters you meet in the story are interesting- especially the three new thieves she meets and befriends, surprisingly. Her siblings are ashamed of her because she doesn't follow the expected route but she doesn't let that stop her from being who she is. She's very aware of what's going on around her- she listens to the people around her. Her magic is cool and rather unusual- as is her cat, who I'm sure if you've read any previous books you'll be able to guess who it will be.
It is a genuinely good book- what better praise can I give it than that?