Rating: I LOVED IT
Series: Malykant Mysteries #3
Publication Date: 2013-01-28
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Book Blurb: Konrad Savast is the Malykant: foremost and most secret servant of the God of Death. His job? To track down the foulest of murderers and bring them to The Malykt’s Justice. No mercy. No quarter.
It’s the Festival of the Dead, and Myrrolen’s famed circus has opened in town for one marvellous week. But the festivities are interrupted when a lifeless body turns up on stage in the middle of a performance… and then disappears.
Konrad’s investigation brings him face-to-face with the enigmatic Myrrolena herself: Ringmistress and adept keeper of the circus’s secrets. To uncover the murderer, he must dig deeply behind the scenes of the famed Ghost Circus—but Myrrolena may prove to be more than a match for the Malykant…
This is going to be rather short as this is the third in the series and I’m not sure how much more I can say without sounding like a broken record.
So I know I was kinda a downer on the second one. Well, this one picked up a bit for me. I didn’t feel like there was as much reiteration as the last book. A couple reminders and then we were on our way.
I still felt the overall tone was lighter. It was bugging me until I figured out what made me feel this way. It was Konrad’s voice. It’s become less formal, a little whimsical. Now that I’ve identified it, I’m good. I’m moving my mind from a formal, brooding character to one who has a lot going on and broods in a lighter voice. With that change of mindset, I enjoyed this book more than the last. I will admit I miss the voice from the first the book.
The story moved along nicely. I read it in one evening and never had a desire to pause. It’s nice to just escape someplace else for an hour or two. The writing is smooth as always, engrossing me in the story and carrying me along. There is a very interesting scene with Nanda and it raises a whole bunch of questions. I love how the stories are contained, yet there’s a higher plot slowly exposing itself. Definitely keeps one asking questions.
Overall, I can’t recommend this series enough for those looking for someplace to drift off to for an hour or so.