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A shameless facsimile of Abercrombie's Best Served Cold, the plot centers on an bitter mercenary heroine left for dead out to for revenge on those who wronged her. She starts off as a sympathetic character but evolves into more of a villain as events unfold. Sound familiar? There are several other glaring parallels to Best Served Cold, but mentioning them would be spoilers.
Despite the glaring similarities, the setting, tone and writing style keep the plot interesting enough that I want to know what happens next. There are unique facets to the magic system (ie "devils" providing wishes/power) that diverge enough from BSC to allow the series room to build and/or diverge from Abercrombie's work. The book is written as the first in a series, instead of more stand alone novel so there's definitely room to grow.
One thing I did find annoying was the author's obsession with his characters' fixation on repeatedly smoking weed and detailed descriptions of the pipes they use and strains they smoke. I don't mind having a little of that in there to add some color, but it's definitely overdone in this book and gets tiresome after reading yet another description of a different custom pipe and how it affects the flavor of whatever obscure fictional strain of weed they're smoking now.
So some good, some bad, but with room to improve in future books.
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I was feeling a little bit let down as I tried all varieties of fantasy books this past month. This novel makes me so very happy!! The characters were well fleshed out, and had qualities that made them feel like real people dealing with real crappy situations. From the get-go, it was sarcastic, interesting, and so fun to listen to that I finished it in 2 (!!!) days! Broken up by sleeping of course :)
Highly recommended; I'll even listen again!
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