This is the story of Jaellyn or Jael as she is called (much to my annoyance: one of my long time In Nomine players had an angel character named Jael…). She’s the daughter of Shadow’s best friend Donya and a probable Heir to the large trade city of Allanmere. She’s 21 but still clumsy, not attracted to anyone, and doesn’t know what she’d like to do with her life. This is, indeed, the most YA feeling book from Logston. However, even though there are some YA themes, such as bristling to her parents about being treated as a kid, being courted for the first time, and finding truths about her heritage and friends, Logstons throws the expected solutions on its ear, again.  

 

Basically, the book is a mystery set completely in the city of Allanmere. There’s a new cult in town of Baaros, the god of merchantile wealth. Baaros’s high priest Ankaras is preaching against elves and some humans start to be hostile towards elves, especially against merchant elves. Then elven bodies start to show up…

 

This book felt slower than the Shadow books. It might be about the same, pacing-wise, as Greendaughter, but since I wasn’t really interested in the sort of growing up-things that Jael faced, it might have just felt slower to me. The characterization is excellent though, as always.

 

Most of the characters from the Shadow series show up, but strictly as supporting cast. I have to respect that because it seems to me that Shadow is the sort of character who could easily take over a book even from the supporting cast.

 

This is also a family fantasy book which is very rare in fantasy. Jael is shown at her home surrounded by her parents, brother, sister, and friends instead of immediately either running away or being made an orphan. This is also not as much a stand-alone as the previous books. While the most immediate problems are dealt with, there is one larger, er, problem that’s going to be the centre of the next book.

 

The book in enjoyable enough but I’m really looking forward to the next one, where hopefully there won’t be as much growing up themes. But I have to really respect Logston’s ability to write different themes.

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