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The Assassins of Thasalon, by Lois McMaster Bujold

kalanadi's review

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adventurous funny inspiring mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

hteph's review

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adventurous inspiring reflective relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

elaineg's review

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3.0

This could easily have been a novella and better for it. A large chunk of the book is exposition, Pen telling his new apprentice all the things that the reader already knows about sorcery, none of which teaching she ever uses in the story. The (literal) deus ex machina ending is then followed by another lengthy exposition.

At the same time a story that is half theology and theory leaves one huge issue completely unexamined - the villain (who is killed offscreen) is rejected by all the gods and damned for his sacrilege.

coaxmetal's review

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adventurous emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

kvedja's review

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adventurous funny fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

seamyst's review

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adventurous inspiring mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

traveling_in_books's review

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.25

laserbrained's review

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adventurous funny fast-paced

5.0

shewhoreads's review

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adventurous funny medium-paced

5.0

lizshayne's review

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adventurous funny tense medium-paced

4.0

More Penric!
I am attempting not to create a list of words that Bujold relies on quite a bit in her writing, much as I am tempted to call out the twitching of lips.
It's also fascinating to see recurring character themes in her work. Women getting second chances after their first marriages is a really interesting one. (Well, women and Aral.) And the question of what does it look like to rise the occasion that life demands of you.
I'm wondering what other dangling plot points still exist in this narrative to wrap up. I think this is everything we've started with Adelis and Nykis...
What do you do with your agents of chaos when they've run out of chaos to cause?