In the second Shadow book our lovable elvan trickster heroine in accused of stealing a ruby from the temple that she had a run-in with in the first book. Oddly enough, Shadow didn’t take it. She has somewhat settled down in her half-way respectable life and is, justifiably, irritated that she’s being blamed. Shadow has worked out that the only one who could have done it and profited from it is the powerful and old mage who enchanted to gem in the first place. So, after the priests beat Shadow senseless, her best friend goes out to confront the mage and save her friend. Naturally, Shadow tries to protect her friend and also hits the road, too.

Since our lovable rouge is more a lover than a fighter, so she recruits a tough ally; namely the deadly assassin Blade from the previous book. The powerful mage is the reason the Blade’s life is pretty miserable so she’s ready to get revenge. The strange duo hits the road.

This book is really a buddy book and a road trip book, and so it’s while the writing style is the same as in the previous book, Shadow Hunt is thematically very different. The book focuses on the way that the paranoid Blade starts to slowly trust Shadow and form a friendship with her. Or does she? There’s also a shorter subplot about the difficulties Shadow’s friend lady Donya and her guard encounter.

 

The interesting thing, to me at least, is that Logston manages to make this all exciting. To me buddy movies have always been, well, boring. The outcome is always sure and the people, places, and plots are never as cute or clever as the producers seem to think they are. I’m sorry, if this offends someone but Thelma and Louise is the only buddy movie I’ve managed to watch without dozing off. But Logston manages to pull it off. Of course, the whole “talking about one of my favourite things (elven culture)” helped as did as did deadly marches. (Maybe the book format is better for me, too. Lots of books have the buddy format, after all. Then again I didn’t even notice the whole buddies on the road -thing until I started to write this.)

Err, anyway, great characters and a good book. The tone is more introspective than in the previous book.

9/10

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