April 24th, 2010

Book review: Raven's Shadow

Next, Raven's Shadow by Patricia Briggs.

This is a reasonably complete story in a new world.  It's obvious at the end of the book that there's more to come, but it does have an ending that resolves a number of issues.

I've read a bunch of Briggs' novels since I discovered her, and I've developed some really high expectations.  Perhaps unfairly high; this book didn't quite meet them.  It is good.  A relatively standard fantasy world, familiar enough to be comfortable but not painfully cliched.  Strong protagonists that I cared about.  The writing is clear, and the book isn't too painfully long.  But it was only good, not great, and I realized that there were some problems with believing the story -- the characters are so powerful and capable in the clutch that it casts doubt on how they could have been where they were before the bad stuff happened and got the story running.

7 out of 10.

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