Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sneak preview?

In case I don't muster up a respectable post later, or feel differently...

Right now (~1/3 of the way through with some skipping of awkward bits that I should go back and read) I love this book:


1. Romance. Chapter 1 is great if you've read the previous book (Spell Hunter aka Knife).

2. Adventure and excitement! Or, if you prefer, you get to read about other people suffering adventure and excitement while you are cozily reading.

3. A certain scene with a gun.

4. Characters with real faith and real doubts.

5. So far the main characters complement each other very well: they each have their own strengths and weaknesses. This is a big relief from certain other popular books where there's been a huge imbalance of power. And it looks from a distance like they might be just friends instead of a romantic pairing. I love reading about good friendships and people who don't need to fill up silence with words, because they're comfortable with each other.

6. I have a reasonable guess about who the bad guy is and can still happily assume I'm wrong, because I was so wrong in the first book. Whether my guess is right or wrong, either way it's a surprise.

7. The cover is a beautiful shade of reddish orange at the right angle. I don't think I quite got it in my photo.


R.J. Anderson said...

The scene with the gun was one of my favorite parts too. I suspect you can tell.

Although I'm actually very fond of that whole chapter, in which it is basically everybody pwning Rob (who by that point, totally deserves it).

Anyway, glad you're enjoying it so far!

Joshua said...

I am afraid that must be a different scene with a gun, since I'm thinking of the one earlier with the crow... I must not have gotten as far as you think.

I realized a while after posting this list that I left something very important off it: Uganda! I am tempted to cross off the silly #7 and put Uganda in instead, but I suppose I should wait and see how much it plays into the story...

R.J. Anderson said...

LOL, I had forgotten that there were two scenes with a gun. Never mind! *whistles innocently and scuttles away*