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Review of Myrrolen’s Ghost Circus by Charlotte E. English

Review of Myrrolen’s Ghost Circus by Charlotte E. EnglishMyrrolen's Ghost Circus by Charlotte E. English
on 2013-01-28
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 88


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.

About Charlotte E. English

I was born in Lincoln, an ancient city in (just about) the north of England. I lived for many years among the numerous historic buildings and Roman remains of Lindum Colonia, as it was once known. I’ve also lived out in the East Anglian countryside in farmhouses that crumbled a little more by the hour, and gave off the impression of being soundly haunted.

I’ve loved reading since I was a young child. In fact, it’s fair to say that I spent most of my teenage years living in books. When a person spends that much time dreaming in text, taking up writing is the only logical onward step. I like to write fantasy fiction the most, because it gives me all the scope I could wish for to exercise my powerful (and overindulged) imagination. I also love historical fiction – I can probably thank those years in Lincoln for that.

I live in North Holland these days, among the windmills and the cheese farms and the clear waterways. For the past couple of years I’ve dedicated most of my time to writing professionally, and I have a growing list of published titles as a result. Please check out my books page for more details.

On this blog I write about books quite a lot. I also write periodically about my other hobbies, which include baking and cooking, sewing, walking, text-based games and playing with my two crazy cats.

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