Jan. 15th, 2014

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I have now gotten to the point where I just pop into the library when I’m downtown instead of waiting for an occasion when I actually need to go there.  I’m not sure if this is a sign of my improving mental health, or a new coping mechanism, but the upshot is, I’m reading more, and therefore writing more book reviews, and I am not at this time inclined to figure out a way to make myself read less.   Anyway, this is another one of those series that I’ve been meaning to read for a while and never got around to it.  I’m getting around to them now.

Cassel Sharpe is the only nonworker in a family of magic workers.  He is one of the masses, a mark, there to be conned, cheated, and taken advantage of.  Magic is illegal, and magic workers live on the edges of society, banding together in crime families, setting out on their own as small time crooks, or trying to keep their powers hidden to lead as law abiding a life as they can.  But just because Cassel doesn’t have magic doesn’t mean he’s honest.  When he wakes up on the roof of his school with no memory of how he got there, his own crimes, and a murder he doesn’t even remember committing years ago, come crawling out of the past, just waiting to catch up with him.

“Good kitty. Who’s an amazing killing machine? That’s right! You are! You are a brutal tiny lion! Yes, you are.” )

This is not a happy book, but it’s a good one.  Read at your own risk.  It contains a long list of triggers, many of which are spoilery.

Holly Black can be found online at her website, blackholly.com, or on livejournal, as [livejournal.com profile] blackholly.

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