First of all, if you have just discovered Cas' works, do not start here. Not only is this the seventh book in nine and the start of the final trilogy that comprises the series, the tone is an awful lot darker in this book and could potentially put off new readers who didn't have the backstory and weren't invested in the characters. However with that out the way, let me start by saying the cover is one of the best representations of the tone of a book I've seen in a long time, because the series definitely takes a turn towards being much darker, much grimmer. In some ways events have taken rather an unexpected turn, though maybe not so much so given some of the revelations in book six, Full Circle. Cas once again weaves a story that is both engaging and frustrating. Frustrating in the sense that events continue to unfold much to the detriment of the main characters, and while we, the reader, see the bigger picture, each character obviously doesn't. But the quality of the complex and very real characterisations that have always been such a strength of the series continues unabated.
Probably for the first time in the series for me, some scenes have been very uncomfortable to read, and this is from a series that hasn't shirked away from difficult situations. I suspect this is done quite deliberately to show the depths that Baron Reen, 'The Scarecrow' has sunk to and what could be coming down the road. There are a lot of unanswered questions, and this book definitely ends just where you don't want it to. However the pace is once again top notch, pushing events forward where needed, but lingering on those times where character development really comes to the fore. The focus is also more varied across characters, with a few lesser mentioned characters getting some welcome attention that builds into the main plot lines. And despite being seven books in, the groundwork is definitely being laid for the climax to come in the final two books. If you've found this book, go back to the first one, King's Envoy and work you're way through, and you won't be disappointed. The Scarecrow shifts up a gear (or down depending on how you look at it) in tone as we approach the end and you get the feeling there is still a lot left to come.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3868 KB
- Print Length: 455 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Albia Publishing (19 December 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0195QJJ7Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 3 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,656,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)