|In contrast to a lot of the fantasy Ive been reading
lately, The Spirit Thief is fun, fluffy, light and a glorious
sweet soufflé of a novel. Its still highly original any novel that begins
with the hero in jail, chatting up the door into letting loose of its frame and thus
letting him out is at least somewhat fresh out of the box. And then we discover that
getting locked up was all part of his plan to steal a king! Unlike many fantasies, which
bog down in details, this one keeps the action going. I was particularly pleased with the
handling of the climatic sequence. Now, the climax is generally the best reading in any
novel, but in a lot of fantasy novels it can be over all too quickly. But here, the
climactic action begins on page 230 and keeps going until 286. Now, that makes over fifty
pages of the fun bit. Its impressively handled, and followed by a tidy resolution.
The characters are interesting and well developed, without too many minor non-entities
cluttering up the background. The lady writes a fair sentence, plots neatly, has a
cheerful sense of humour, and Im really rather looking forward to seeing what
happens in the next book.