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By Singing Light

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.

Currently reading

The Lost Tools of Learning and the Mind of the Maker
Dorothy L. Sayers
The Seventh Bride
T. Kingfisher
Hope in the Dark
Rebecca Solnit
Outrun the Moon
Stacey Lee
Midnight Thief
Livia Blackburne
The White Hart
Nancy Springer
The Great Wall Of Lucy Wu
Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Jim C. Hines
Elizabeth & Leicester: Power, Passion, Politics
Sarah Gristwood
Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie - Maggie Stiefvater by Maggie Stiefvater

I think I am probably the only person in the whole world who didn't LUURRRVE this book, and I'm sort of cringing over even admitting it at all. Unfortunately, I happen to be someone who is really turned off by multiple-character narration 99% of the time. That is, I realize, completely and totally a personal quirk which I should not hold (and don't hold) against Maggie Stiefvater at all. If that's the way she needed to tell the story, then that's the way she needed to tell it. Nonetheless, given that weird quirk, this didn't work quite as well for me as the cohesive narrative of Lament did.

I did very much enjoy James as a narrator. He's snarky and sweet and awesome. He also has moments of vulnerability which are hugely important. And he's just funny in general. I also liked Nuala a lot, especially towards the end of the story. However, I found the distance from Dee to be a little too great. I almost think (and this is weird, given the multiple narration thing) that having an actual chapter of her narration instead of the text-message format would have worked a little better. This is partly a personal thing, again. I'm an old fart and don't own a cell phone so I don't use text messages so that format was off-putting for me.

Sullivan is a great character--I hope if/when (please, when!) there are more books about these characters he makes a reappearance. I want to know more about his history.

Overall, I liked this book a lot and would recommend it to anyone who liked Lament and wants to continue the story. I just wasn't quite as wowed as I was by the first one.

book source: Western Washington University