By Sherwood Smith
As you may know from my previous reviews, I loved the first two books in this series, Inda and The Fox. As luck would have it, my copy of King's Shield arrived in the mail the very same day that I finished The Fox, and I was very excited to dive into the next book. Unfortunately, something changed between the two books and I found myself not liking this one quite as much. Don't get me wrong, King's Shield is still pretty good. But I just wasn't captivated by it in the same way that I was by the first two installments.
I'm not sure exactly what it was about this one that didn't do it for me. The characters are still complex and they've grown in ways that make sense. The writing hasn't changed, and the pacing is still good, with action happening in all the right places. Maybe it was the change in focus. The first two books are very much about the principal characters growing up. This one is much more about political intrigue and war. I guess I also didn't really like the way the character Sponge changed--the changes are plausible, but I found that I didn't really care for the adult he became.
Whatever it was that rubbed me the wrong way about book three, I'm still very much looking forward to Treason's Shore, the fourth and, I believe, final episode of the series.
Started: 1/31/2009 | Finished: 2/11/2009
I did get a little tired of all the romantic intrigue. I totally agree with you about not really enjoying the adult that Sponge became. Inda is still the same open, vulnerable guy and Evered's all...moody. I really wonder what she's going to do with him.
I so loved that battle, though. It was epic and I actually cheered when Inda and Sponge showed up on the cliff. Awesome.