Briskly paced and action-packed with an obvious ethical standpoint. I found the characters unsympathetic and the plot twists unsupported by foreshadowing, and in many places the book felt rushed, as if the author worked too fast at it and didn't put the careful thought and craft into it that it deserved. The literal deus ex machina bothered me. However, the moral of the story is extremely relevant, and the ending blew me away. Book contains some sex.
This was actually written and published AFTER her Secret Texts Trilogy which consists of Diplomacy of Wolves, Vengeance of Dragons and Courage of Falcons. However, it is much, much better to read this before you read the trilogy, as it lays the groundwork and history for the people and events that are in those books.
This and the trilogy are very good, and Holly Lisle is an author I highly recommend!
What a world Holly Lisle has created! Truly unique. In this world, magic is the norm and using it comes at a cost to a large portion of the populace. One boy, Wraithe, as he names himself can not do magic and even more astonishing, magic cannot affect him!
He saves himself and another person from the Warrens and so begins a wild ride that takes him to great heights and depths. Wraithe is an endearing character, albeit flawed, but you find yourself hoping that he finds a way to overcome the status quo...
As you can guess his alter ego is the Agitator and he is fomenting a revolution against all that is evil and wrong in this world. Will he succeed? That is the stuff of which this book is made. Happy reading!!!