Top positive review
Fantasy of the highest quality.
on 30 April 2017
(Spoilers for the entire series so far)
I love this series and it's shaping up to be one of the best I've ever read and I have read a lot of incredible stuff.
As with the previous books we follow Geder, Clara, Marcus and Cithrin, the chapters are divided up whereby each of the them is the main point of view character and we get to witness events through their eyes. What I love is that each character is so different - not just in age and gender - so every chapter is fresh, you see things from a different perspective and they all have distinctive voices; this author is such a talent.
The story arc is fantastic, Geder is a revelation of a character; I feel sorry for him at times and yet he's a monster. Cithrin describes him perfectly at one stage: "He's a terrible person, you know. But he's also not. I don't think I've ever known anyone who managed to make himself so alone".
Marcus was a little underused in the previous book but his adventures with Kit are the strongest chapters in the book in my opinion. Secrets are revealed that shocked me and I have no idea how this will all end but I can't wait to read more and find out.
If you're onto book 3 then you already know the standard of the prose, plotting, character growth, world building and story arc that Abraham exhibits. It's complex, clever and hugely enjoyable.