Sonea, a Black Magician of Kyralia, is horrified when her son, Lorkin, volunteers to assist the new Guild Ambassador to Sachaka. When word comes that Lorkin has gone missing, Sonea is desperate to find him, but if she leaves the city she will be exiled forever. And besides, an old friend is in need of her help.
Most of her friend’s family has been murdered – the latest in a long line of assassinations to plague the leading Thieves of the city. There has always been rivalry, but now the Thieves are waging a deadly underworld war, and it appears they have been doing so with magical assistance.
This was one of the books I picked up at Borders’ closing sale, desperately pretending that I read something other than YA fantasy. I didn’t really know what to expect of. it. I guess if anything I expected a mediocre book. It wasn’t. It was really rather good. It’s not the type of book I got so immensely excited about that I couldn’t put it down, but I didn’t feel like I was trudging through it either. In fact, when I finished reading the book, I was actually disappointed.
It took me a little while to actually get into the book. Other reviews that I have read mourn that it doesn’t compare to Canavan’s other works, but having never heard of her before, I found that jumping into her universe right here worked well with me. She certainly takes enough time to introduce you to all her characters – even those that will ultimately be less significant. Because of this, I was distracted in the beginning, but once the plot picked up, I absolutely loved the book.
I would advise the people who enjoy a style somewhere between J.R.R. Tolkien and Tamora Pierce to consider picking up this book (or anything of Canavan’s) and giving it a fair shot. I think they may like what they find.