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Zora

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Unexpectedly grim and gory

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-2019

I was hoping for something in the CJ Sansom vein here, but was sadly disappointed. The protagonist is pretty dull and thinly drawn and the mystery isn't very engaging either. I also wasn't expecting just how gory and, well, disgusting it would be. If extensive descriptions of plague victims begging to be put of their misery and piles of rotting corpses are you thing, then I guess this book is for you, but it wasn't what I was after. The London setting was probably then best thing about the book, but even that wasn't particularly detailed or evocative. Maybe the later books improve, but honestly I don't think I can bear to find out.

Deeply engaging stand-alone fantasy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-2016

Lovely story, with a fascinating and very sinister baddie in the form of an entire evil forest! Feels like a Russian fairytale (as it is meant to) and the pace is brisk and exciting. A real pleasure.

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Clever, imaginative and fascinating, if sometimes a bit too gory

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-2015

Great book, and terrifically well-realized characters. Also quite funny in places which I greatly appreciated, but some of the violence is hard to listen to, particularly the various forms of torture described in great detail.

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