I really liked this book. The world Ms. Bishop has created is a fascinating one. Leaving aside, of course, the YA-ish place names. I found Tess and the Elementals especially interesting. Tess is not someone, or something, I would ever want to meet. The sensation I imagined with the phrase “raining inside her head” was really unsettling. Freaky. Creepy.
My only real problems with this book revolve around the monumentally idiotic character of Asia Crane. The sheer stupidity of this woman really irritated me. Sure, she’s clever, but, when it comes to dealing with the Others, she was consistently stupid.
But she had never heard of Others named Ponygard, which meant the stupid ponies were just animals. They would be a distraction, a way to stir things up, nothing but collateral damage in the overall scheme.
The utter and complete idiocy of that left me gaping at the screen. Horses are prey. Would there be any horses working, calmly, among Wolves if they weren’t some sort of Other? And, later, after the exile scene with Simon, she’s more afraid of her “backer” and “the benefactor” than she is of the Others.
Another bit of stupidity that bothered me was Meg’s reaction to Asia. She kept getting tingles around Asia, but it never occurred to her that those tingles might be warnings. Hell, everyone seemed to be getting tingles and “feelings” about Asia Crane and everyone shrugged them off. When Meg, finally, put it together enough to have the Sugar Prophecy, I nearly shouted “Hallelujah!” And did mumble “About, freakin’ time!”
Wonder if “the benefactor” realizes he’s a walking dead man with a life just waiting to be harvested?
I enjoyed this book very much and will definitely be reading Murder of Crows very soon.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars