THE SPY IN THE SILVER PALACE
Whoah! This book was such a delightful surprise - let me count all the things I loved about it:
- So well written, with such great worldbuilding! The world Rivet has created is so vivid and detailed, so easy to picture in my mind's eye - you know how sometimes fantasy worldbuilding just seems like a grey sludge of vaguely medieval stuff? Well, this world was just so delightfully crisp and in focus.
- Mica! I love a brash bash heroine as much as anyone else, but I also love heroines who are sweet, quiet, tentative or inexperienced as well. Mica was one of these, and I connected with her in a way that I sometimes don't with the tougher birds.
- Caleb! He's just as much of a cinnamon roll as Mica is. I loved that their connection was based on chemistry that went way beyond the physical, and I loved how Jordan wrung my heart with the ending. I often get kinda protective of my younger heroines around their love interests, and I loved how respectful and generally all-round decent Caleb was, even when we're legitimately worried that he may be about to turn around and stab Mica in the back. Even if he's secretly villainous, he's still a gentleman, right? YOU HAVE MY BLESSING, CALEB.
- JESSAMYN! Wow. So one of my pet peeves is the "everyone at the imperial court is stupid" trope especially when the shallow, airheaded female courtiers are treated worst of all. Well, I LOVED how the book pretended it might be going in this direction AND THEN GAVE US SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT. By the end of the book Jessamyn was my favourite character.
- Just overall the characters and the political shenanigans were so nuanced and smart? This kind of book is such a favourite of mine - spies navigating a glittering court where you never know who's on whose side - and to make it work, you legitimately need to be kept guessing, and good and evil can't be too clear-cut. I was SO IMPRESSED by how Jordan did this without letting the book get too heavy or grim.
- I loved that a big part of the plot had to do with how important it is not to blame everything on your country's Designated Ancestral Foes.
- I really loved how squeaky clean this book was. It's not that I don't appreciate fiction that deals more overtly with grimmer, grittier realities of life, but I love it so much when I discover a read that I can enthusiastically recommend to younger folks. This is a book that would be truly enjoyable for all ages, while still delivering a ton of adventure and intrigue and a mature perspective on politics and war.
Apart from that, I think my only complaint was literally only that one or two scenes seemed just a whisker rushed. Overall, I inhaled the book in a few sittings, and I can't wait to read the rest of this trilogy!
AN IMPOSTER WITH A CROWN
I loved Book 1 of this trilogy, SPY IN THE SILVER PALACE, but this book was even more fun! Our shapeshifting heroine Mica is now forced to impersonate Princess Jessamine all the time - and now she's setting out on a diplomatic mission, cooped up onboard ship together with three lords competing to win the princess's hand, her crush Caleb who is the only person who might be able to tell Jessamine and Mica apart, her brother Emir who hasn't heard from her for months and is worried sick about her, the princess herself (no less demanding than ever), and to top it off, another shapeshifter who could be impersonating anyone on the ship. It's the kind of set-up of which PG Wodehouse would be proud, and I squealed appreciatively my whole way through the unravelling of this imbroglio. The story ends with a series of stunning and heart-breaking plot twists, setting up what promises to be a smashing final book.
This was just great fun, but as in the first book of the series, the character I loved most of all was Jessamyn, the prickly and arrogant princess whose sense of duty and depths of guile are matched by her loneliness and insecurity. I can't wait to see what happens for her, and the rest of our characters, in Book 3...
A TRAITOR AT THE STONE COURT
A satisfying conclusion to a fun series! I think my favourite of the whole trilogy is still Book 2, but this one still contained all the palace intrigue, backstabbing, and spy shenanigans I enjoyed in the previous two books. Consistently, my favourite character throughout these books has been Jessamyn, and I loved how far Jordan pushed her to the brink of villainy in this book. The relationship between Jessamyn and Mica really is the heart of this series, and it was admirable how the author kept a strong sense of that relationship going even through a book where the two of them are apart for much of it. There are a ton of other enjoyable characters here too, like Prince Owen, who kept me chuckling, and Tiber, whose part in the plot turned out to be rather more nuanced and surprising than I had expected it to be. For fun swashbuckling adventures like these, I really admire the craft and skill Jordan Rivet has poured into her work and look forward to seeing what she writes for us next!
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