Series: Sianim #1
Published by Penguin on September 28th 2010 (First publication December 1st 1993)
Number of Pages: 320
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Urban
Purchase: At Amazon
After an upbringing of proper behavior and oppressive expectations, Aralorn fled her noble birthright for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. Her latest mission involves spying on the increasingly powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae'Magi. But in a war against an enemy armed with the powers of illusion, how do you know who the true enemy is-or where he will strike next?
This was the first book Patricia Briggs ever wrote apparently. It is not as good as her Mercy Thompson or Alpha & Omega series’. So if you haven’t read anything by her before, don’t start with this book.
That said. I did enjoy it a lot! I loved Wolf and Aralorn. Their interactions made me laugh more than once. The supporting characters were decent, but with the exceptions of Myr and the ae’magi, weren’t anything memorable. They were not puppets, they were developed. Just not as well as they could have been.
I liked the magic we were introduced to. The shapeshifting and ‘green’ magics were believable as well as fun to read about. The ‘regular’ magic didn’t get as much detail, but it also didn’t need as much since it seemed to fall along the lines of magic used in most fantasy.
There is a touch of zombies in the book in the form of Uriah, with a magical touch of course. Add in invisible people, a king in exile, a dark mage who wants to take over the world, and lots of humor… The 2nd book is better than this first one, but this one is still good enough that I would read it again. I will be picking up book 3 at some point.