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Child of Fire, Harry Connolly's debut novel and the first in The Twenty Palaces series, was named to Publishers Weekly's Best 100 Novels of 2009. The sequel, Game of Cages, was released in 2010 and the third book, Circle of Enemies, came out in the fall of 2011.
Harry lives in Seattle with his beloved wife, his beloved son, and his beloved library system. You can find him online at: http://www.harryjconnolly.com
on April 30, 2012 :
This prequel novel to a trilogy was a tough read, at times. The main character, Ray, spends a good amount of time reacting rather than acting. Which is not surprising considering he's rather out of his depth having just gotten out of prison, trying to create a new life for himself, and discovering magic is real.
The only problem I had was is near constant internal dialog of victimization, his own or seeing others as victims. Not that he wants to victimize them, as he constantly says in his head, but...
Still the action was good and the magic of the story is well thought out.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)