Really enjoyed this first book of the YA series The Order of Darkness set in Renaissance Italy. The cast of characters are individually distinctive and interesting, especially the two support characters Frieze (the annoyingly talkative and interfering man-servant)and the no-nonsense action girl Moor, Ishraq.
I liked that the tribes were meritocratic and not based on gender. Tribal leadership went from mother to daughter. The relationships between Breaca and her brother and two lovers is interesting. The Dark ages that followed were truly dark and limited!
The book was a bit boring and repetitive in places with all the wars. The book was too long. But I am going to persevere with the series.
Another book like Secret History, where the protagonist is weak, self-pitying, traumatised and chooses friends who get him into affluent society, drugs, alcohol and chronic smoking. Also, like the Secret History the protagonist chooses the path of a criminal. The locations are different and there is a slight tweak in the storyline, but essentially if you read this book without knowing the author and after reading Secret History, you’d recognise the writing style, vocabulary and plot.
Again like Secret History, the book starts very well with the reader routing for the protagonist and then as the protagonist slides into despair and makes bad decisions, the reader becomes detached and wishes the book were over.
My favourite characters in this book are Popchyk the dog, Hobbie the naïve one and the protagonist’s mother. The others are hard to empathise with.
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A great book from the perspective of an adult looking back through her five year old self at her family relationships, the small-minded town she lived in and a court case about a black man accused of raping a white woman in 1930s America in the deep South. Scout and her brother Jem are brought up by their father Atticus Finch, a lawyer. He teaches Scout to read and write by using his law books and newspapers and she finds herself far too advanced when she starts school which creates challenges for her with her teacher! Scout is a tomboy who loves to use her fists to deal with disagreements and her ever patient father tries to encourage her to be less hot-headed and more aware of others. She turns up in the middle of a mob…
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This is the sequel to ‘Shadows and Strongholds’ and deals with Fulke Fitzwarin who was an outlaw in the time of King John and the Magna Carta. A very enjoyable action packed read.