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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Child of Fire by Harry Connolly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From  Book One in the Twenty Palaces Society. Ray Lilly is living on borrowed time. He’s the driver for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a group of sorcerers devoted to hunting down and executing rogue magicians. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him–or let someone else do the job.

Unfortunately for both of them, Annalise’s next mission goes wrong, leaving her critically injured. With the little magic he controls, Ray must complete her assignment alone. Not only does he have to stop a sorcerer who’s sacrificing dozens of innocent lives in exchange for supernatural power, he must find–and destroy–the source of that inhuman magic.

What a fun book. An urban fantasy set in the Pacific Northwest (why does the Pacific Northwest attract all the paranormals in urban fantasies I wonder?) where our protagonist Ray ponders what it means to be a disposable tool and the mortality of his actions while kicking some serious bad ass. I thoroughly enjoyed his outlook on life (jaded); his internal philosophising (did he do the right thing?); and how he can do so much damage with so few tools (ghost knife is awesome!).

My one complaint with the book - and this is more my quirk than a reflection on the author's writing - I got a bit tired of the constant running around after the bad guys or conversely, running away from the bad guys. It read a bit like a action movie where the action is non-stop and all CGI'd. That being said, I still enjoyed the book and went and downloaded book two the next morning.

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