I had the first book in this series and wasn't terribly impressed. While the characterization was excellent, and continued to be in this second title, I felt the constant focus on the assassin's brutality unnecessary.
In this second go-round, however, the violence, while present, isn't the overwhelming element it was before. Here, the emphasis is on the characters, as it should be, and the pacing is much better for it. Overall, this was a much more engaging story, in my opinion, and makes it more likely I'll be acquiring more of Mr. Neville's work.
I was enjoying this book by one of my favorite authors up to the point where he introduced the word "sidhe." The narrator, who otherwise does a reasonably good job with the nonstandard-English words mispronounced it, and continued to do so. Had the word been used infrequently, it wouldn't have been so annoying, but constantly hearing "sid-he" instead of "shee" just got to be too much. If you have Kindle, I highly recommend getting the ebook version instead.
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