Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Path of Beasts by Lian Tanner

Cover Art for Path of beasts This is the third in the series that began with the Museum of Thieves. Overall it has been quite a good series. Even though the same people have been fighting the same villains in all three books, Tanner has kept the story fresh and interesting with a different internal conflict for the main character, Goldie, in each book.  In this one Goldie is struggling to balance her own personality with the presence of Princess Fresia, which she acquired in the previous book.  The warrior princess's spirit somehow lives on in Goldie, and her thoughts jump into Goldie's mind if she is not careful.  Goldie benefits, from time to time, from Fresia's battle savvy and skill, especially as she and her friends battle the evil Fugleman and has hired mercenaries.  But Goldie does not like Fresia's ruthless personality and she is afraid she is going mad.  Her internal struggle, in some ways, mirrors the struggle of the city and the Museum, as they rise up against the tyranny of the Fugleman. All the favorite characters from the first two books are reunited in this one, and the reader gets to meet a few new and interesting characters. Tanner concludes that series in this book, and the ending is appropriate to the story and satisfying. (377 p)

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