Published: October 25th 2011 by Random House
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Adventure
Pages: Hardcover, 596 pages
Three years have passed since Beka Cooper almost died in the sewers of Port Caynn, and she is now a respected member of the Provost’s Guard. But her life takes an unexpected turn when her fiancé is killed on a slave raid. Beka is faced with a mixture of emotions as, unbeknownst to many, she was about to call the engagement off.
It is as Beka is facing these feelings that Lord Gershom appears at her door. Within hours, Beka; her partner, Tunstall; her scent hound, Achoo; and an unusual but powerful mage are working on an extremely secretive case that threatens the future of the Tortallan royal family, and therefore the entire Tortallan government. As Beka delves deeper into the motivations of the criminals she now Hunts, she learns of deep-seated political dissatisfaction, betrayal, and corruption. These are people with power, money, and influence. They are able to hire the most skilled of mages, well versed in the darkest forms of magic. And they are nearly impossible to identify.
This case – a Hunt that will take her to places she’s never been – will challenge Beka’s tracking skills beyond the city walls, as well as her ability to judge exactly whom she can trust with her life and country’s future.
This book was amazing as well. This is my favorite of the series by far for several reasons. First, we get to follow a few of our favorite character across new lands, meet new people, and get face to face with some friendly, and not so friendly, magic.
I love the characters in this book, it seems that they gain more depth, not that they had been lacking that in the first place.
I especially love Farmer Cape, a mage, and my lands, his silliness just makes me want to read more about him! There are mysteries at every turn, and the first time I read this, I was guessing, trying to figure it out, and even when we got to the end I still didn’t know what was going to happen until it did.
There are a few inconsistences, probably just editorial issues, throughout the book, and a call back to the second one that wasn’t consistent either. I mean, these are long books, and as much as I love to write my own stories, I know that it can be impossible to keep every little detail straight.
Despite those few mistakes (I didn’t notice them until after I had read the series for a second time) I absolutely love this whole series! I want more! It won’t happen, at least not in the way I wish it too, but I can’t help but hope (it worked with Harry Potter; I always said J.K. Rowling wouldn’t be able to just leave it as it was). Sigh, but they are over, and I have fallen into the post-series depression. I’ll forget about it eventually, but I doubt I’ll ever get over it.
Oh, and the narrator for audio books for this seires is one of the best I’ve heard for the short time I’ve been listening to books.
★★★★★ Because I just absolutely loved it!
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