Author: Lynn Flewelling
Publisher: Random House
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The first book of the series was pretty good–I liked the two main characters and there was good action and intrigue. This book by far surpasses the first book, both in the depth of the plot and in development of the characters. The reader gets to experience the transition in Alec from a boy to a young man who by the end loses all innocence (both in good ways and bad). Seregil goes from a simple happy-go-lucky rogue to someone with a great deal more depth. I also enjoyed the introduction of Kari, a young soldier whose father has spent much of his life adventuring beside Seregil.
There were some rather brutal moments as well. Again, this increased my enjoyment. There’s nothing like a really bad guy, some really icky magic, and a bit of kidnapping and torture to speed along a book. Things wrapped up nicely at the end, with just enough of a hook to lead to the third book. I have to wonder, however, if I’ve read the best that this series will ever be.
I really can’t think of anything I didn’t like in this book. Highly recommended for those who like rogues, danger, dark curses and necromancy as well as a bit of lighthearted romance. Just be aware the romance in this case is between Alec and Seregil.