Friday, January 11, 2008

50 Book Challenge #4: A Betrayal in Winter

Another page-turner from Daniel Abraham. It continues the narrative from A Shadow in Summer but could probably be read as a stand-alone book as well. We are treated to more intrigue and less magic, but the characters, new and old, are engaging and psychologically complex (for genre fiction). The female scion of the ruling house is particularly well-drawn, and her relationships explored in penetrating ways. Abraham avoids melodrama, which I appreciate. If you like fantasy with an Asian flavor and shades of moral grayness, this is your series. Recommended.
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