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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Swept Into Intriguing Conspiracy

Fires of Nuala
Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
Bookview Cafe (2010)
Mobi format for Kindle
Rated 4 stars of 5 possible

Fires of Nuala is science fiction with a political bent to it and a murder mystery-thriller all rolled into one mind-blowing story. Sheel Atare has been off-world searching for a mate and had returned home just over one month prior to attending a party hosted by one of his brothers. At the party, Sheel meets Darame Daviddottir, a Free-trader from off-world, who interests him enough that he winds up spending the night with her, instead of going home after the party. Sheel was not where he was expected to be that night, which nicely complicates matters and sweeps the reader right into an intriguing conspiracy to overthrow the ruling class of Nuala, starting with, but not limited to the clan of Atare...

I almost felt as if I should have read the first book that takes place on this magnificent world before reading this one, however that feeling went away after a chapter or two and once it did, I just wanted to know what happens next. I find the kaleidoscopic point of view used in this novel quite disconcerting, which accounts for the less-than-perfect rating, yet the novel was compelling enough that I didn't want to put it aside for sleep, or for any other reason.

At a few points, especially near the middle of the book, I experienced some confusion as to who was friend and who was foe, but this was straightened out as the story moved along. In all, I found reading Fires of Nuala an interesting and most satisfying experience.

This book was received in exchange for writing this review, which is based on the eBook version published by Bookview Cafe. As with most of my reviews, this one has been simultaneously posted on Dragonviews, LibraryThing and Amazon.com

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