I have read all of Tamora's books that take place in Tortall, and I have got to say that this is one of the best I have ever read.
The book starts out just before the Alanna the Lioness Quartet, when George Cooper (a descendant of Beka's) is six and is arrested for stealing by the Provost's Guard. His mother Elani then tells him the story of his famous ancestress, and we see in this book how her early career in the Guard starts off.
All in all, a great read and one that will keep you stuck to the book until you are done. I would recommend it to anyone who likes books about magic and/or fiction. of course, if you have read her other books that are famous Tortallans, you will definitely enjoy this book!
Sure, it's a classic gothic romance. But does anyone else find it hard to follow Mr. Rochester's conversation? Also, I'd like to know what happened fiery begruding attitude Jane always nursed through her girlhood...
I was actually quite surprised sometimes at how resignedly she endured some of Mr. Rochester and his companions' humiliations. I would have at the LEAST expected to spend some time moping over the injustice of it all.
I didn't even notice that there was a books topic! *glee*
I highly recommend people read Wizard's First Rule in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.
The series puts a lot of emphasis on the fact that most tryants and evil doers don't think of themselves as such...
It's fast-paced and very well thought out. One character actually goes from a being a nobody, to one of the most powerful wizards in the world, to the emperor of an entire country! I spent many a night in agonized anticipation because I just couldn't wait to find out what happened next.
Each book explores a 'rule' or truth... The first truth, for example, is:
"People will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true."