Pretty much everything here originally appeared at my actual blog: By Singing Light. I particularly focus on upper middle-grade and young adult books. I also enjoy adult genre books, especially speculative fiction.
I am of two minds on this book. First: Fry does a nice job of delving into the politics and set up of the world he’s built over the last two books, including the tensions between the Hashoone siblings current and past. BUT THEN he basically ruined it all by shoehorning in a 1) totally unnecessary and 2) completely unconvincing romance. The girl has no real character development & she and Tycho go from 0-120 in 2.5 seconds. It just doesn’t work for me, and so it ruined the emotional payoff of the last part of the book.