This is the second book in the Matthew Corbett series and it was perhaps not quite as powerful as the first, but in no way a let down. I haven't been so impressed with an author in a very long time and now I'm equally impressed with Mr Ballerini for bringing Matthew and all the characters in the series to such bold and colorful life. I look forward to the next books as well.
I can't possibly say enough about this series. I was a little apprehensive about this set of books being a pre-quel to the "Theft of swords" in that maybe it would be another failing trail to string out the original story, but it is wonderful in it's own right. You could read these first and have the story in order or read them after Theft as a background fill in for all the characters and places. This is the most entertaining series that I have read in a very long time.
I enjoyed the mystery and twists in this story. The setting and geographical uniqueness were especially interesting. The narrator was excellent.
I was so looking forward to finding what happened to Danny after he grew up and the story started in the right direction then went down a raunchy road then went right off the road all together. I had to leave the room for a few minutes and when I came back in they were talking about vampires of all things and I was all ready getting pretty fed up with the raunch level that was all over this story. Now I was completely at a loss. I feel like I was a victim of bait and switch. I bought a book that was supposed to continue on with a story that I was familiar with and was slipped another sell out, cliche' vampire story. That's where i quit and asked for my money back. If this is Kings idea of a follow up to the shining, he has completely lost it. He shouldn't have even tried. He let them screw with the book with bad casting and horrid screen writing on the movie version -Twice! Now this. Please just let that wonderful book stand alone as one of the scariest pieces of writing I've ever read and stop trying to turn it into something it should apparently never be.
I would first like to mention Katherine Kellgren's performance which I think is top notch! She absolutely puts me in the place you need to be in to understand the royal "thing". I love the story and the constant humor that finds it's way into every turn of the page so to speak. I often find myself laughing out loud as I listed to these books. Keep them coming!
While I really enjoyed the first book and will continue to enjoy the series, I was seriously annoyed by the princess character in this book. She was whiney and immature through the whole thing and I was really hoping that she would get bumped off and I did figure out the twist concerning her fairly early on which made her even more annoying. Georgie is as always a class act.
This was very different for me. I usually go for more mainstream type mysteries and thrillers. I got pulled in from the beginning and just kind of got cought up and had to find out where the story was going. I enjoyed the turns and twists and even though some of it was a bit predictable, it still had moments of discovery that were unexpected. Overall, it was a different and interesting story that I would recomend to a select group of friends with open minds who like stories that don't always head in the same direction.
This book is not quite as good as the last and that not quite as good as the first but Matthew is still a character that I will never tire of. He has the best of every great detective in him and in every adventure he showes his determination to do the right thing at any cost. This book as with the others leads the reader down dark paths and on a wild ride that is hard to let go of till the end. I can't wait for the next one!
This is actually the first book I've met that would really have been helped by being abridged. I think they would have removed a great deal of the chess stuff and it would have ended up being a better story for it. As it ended up, it could have been any items so all the endless chess storyline was really not necessary to the story and incredibly boring to people who don't like chess.
It actually took a while for me to get into this book. Several chapters in I was thinking boring... then the pace started to pick up and stuff began happening and I loved the reactions from everyone. It was hard to remember that this was about a royal with everthing that was going on behind the sceens and she was so practical about her situation. I loved it and by the end I was ready to look for more. I guess this is why I stick with a book that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. sometimes it never does pick up and you end up wasting a bit of time with a stinker but then there are the times when you stick it out and discover that the prize for your persistence is a hidden treasure.
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