Published by Pyr on Jul 26, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Format: Hardcover from Gift
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A creature of the other world, an unnatural entity bent on chaos and carnage, has come to stalk the nighttime streets of the Galicien city of Davillon. There’s never a good time for murder and panic, but for a community already in the midst of its own inner turmoil, this couldn’t possibly have come at a worse one.
Not for Davillon, and not for a young thief who calls herself Widdershins.
It’s been over half a year since the brutal murder of Archbishop William de Laurent during his pilgrimage to Davillon. And in all that time, Widdershins has truly tried her best. She has tried to take care of Genevieve’s tavern and tried to make a semihonest living in a city slowly stagnating under the weight of an angry and disapproving Church. She has tried to keep out of trouble, away from the attentions of the Davillon Guard and above the secrets and schemes of the city’s new bishop.
But she’s in way over her head, with no idea which way to turn. The Guard doesn’t trust her. The Church doesn’t trust her. Her own Thieves’ Guild doesn’t trust her.
Too bad for everyone, then, that she and her personal god, Olgun, may be their only real weapon against a new evil like nothing the city has ever seen.
While this book had the same wit and humour that was present in the first book, it was more subdued and less adventurous. Widdershins is obviously still grieving for everyone she lost in the first book, and this reveals self doubt that wasn’t there previously. She is much more human and vulnerable, and a lot less thief-like and confident.
Even Ogun seems subdued, which is very unfortunate because it makes him much less present in the book. At times, it is almost possible to forget he is there with Widdershins, which is a shame since he is so central to her character.
The monster that appears in the story is seriously scary and evil. He is a great example of how beliefs give rise to reality, which is a message that is key to this book.
Without giving too much away since there are some huge goings-on in the later part of the book, the love story is sweet and the ending very unexpected and shocking. I have no idea how or when the third book will pick up the story, but it is certainly something I want to know.
Overall, this is a good story, however it is much less exciting and fun than the first book. There is a much more subtle air to the book. It is a good read, and a good continuation of the series, but there is a serious twist at the end.