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April 13th, 2010

April 13th, 2010
10:59 pm

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Book review: Nine Gates
First, a quick review of Nine Gates by Jane Lindskold.

This is the second in the Breaking the Wall series, following Thirteen Orphans.  The situation and characters are carried over from that book without enough explanation to make sense on their own.  The ending is fair for a book in the middle of a series.

This is an interesting, if whimsical, world, and it continues to be so even though this is the second book.  Some of the stuff the characters do is profound, and some of it is frustratingly shallow and motivated by the plot.  Lindskold writes well, but it's not as compelling as some of her earlier books.  It's been a week since I finished it, and I find that I can't remember much of the story, which suggests that it wasn't really that memorable.

6 out of 10.

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Book review: Cry Wolf
Now, a quick review of Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs, and I'll be caught up on reviews.

This is the first Alpha and Omega novel, a sequel to the novella "Alpha and Omega" in On the Prowl.  This is in the Mercy Thompson universe but with different main characters (some supporting characters are shared), and it's slightly helpful to read Moon Called first, but I think this book would stand on its own well enough.  It tells a complete story.

This is a werewolf book.  I'm not capable of being objective on the subject of werewolves; if a character is a werewolf I get all soft-headed over him or her, and as long as the author doesn't really screw up, I'm going to enjoy the story.  Briggs doesn't screw up.  Once again, she puts lots of story into what is by today's standards a short book.  The magic and the personal history of some of the characters we learn is fascinating, and the main story about the heroine overcoming her past and coming into her own is very satisfying.  In fact, the biggest weakness is that she ends up being too perfect, and everything is tied up so neatly that we'll need a whole new challenge to continue the series.

9 out of 10.

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