I really doubted whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. I really enjoyed the book, it's well-written, and although the subject matter is downright evil at times it's an engaging read. I loved it. Still, I decided on 4 stars, only because the main character, Felix X, is literally unbelievably intelligent and mature, especially in the first chapters that describe his early years.
It gets more realistic as the book progresses though, and towards the end we see that even Felix has his doubts and uncertainties.
All in all : read this, it's good.
After "Something like summer" (which will be a film !) and "Something like winter", this book shows us the world through Jace's eyes. Over half of the books shows us Jace growing up, before meeting Ben, while the rest takes us into more familiar territory, reliving the events also described in "Something like summer".
Don't be fooled, even though you know what's going to happen, the perspective is fresh, and really adds to what we've already learned. Even knowing how things will eventually end did not really prepare me for the emotions it finally brought. I found this the most tear-inducing perspective so far.
I guess you could read this even without having read the preceding volumes, but I wouldn't...
Jay : thanks for this ! I'm looking forward to "Something like spring"
Altthough it took some getting used to,I loved the interweaving of native american legends with the story of the lead character growing up. The legends are well told, colorful stories that shed some light on a culture I've never known much about. The story of the lead character however, is simply a vehicle to sort of string the legends together.
My only nitpick: the ending. It feels like the story just stops, were you the reader were expecting more...
Then again, it was worth every one of the 99 cents.