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I was immediately hooked into this story, and remained so until the very end – and even after the end. St. Clair has a way with language that brings the reader into the story and holds them there with every sight, smell, sound, and feeling. For example, on page 225, St. Clair writes, “The scent of chickpea dough, fried in nut oil, had pulled Jay by the nostrils to the man’s cart.” This is just one of many simple, yet powerful sentences used throughout the story. Even better, this wonderfully artistic use of language is not splattered here and there, with some great sentences appearing in the midst of ordinary ones, rather they are woven seamlessly into the language of the story (without the common appearance of one trying too hard). This shows a mastery St. Clair has that many have attempted to possess but do not.
St. Clair’s writing is consistent and, in addition to the mastery mentioned above, he is able to naturally use British terms without them sounding forced into the story. The book is well-written and edited; I noticed only a couple of very small errors, such as the wrong word (off by only one letter) or an extra word. These errors were few and far between, with no repetitive errors, and they certainly do not detract from the story at all.
This book is officially one of my favorites, and St. Clair is now one of my favorite authors. This book left me wanting more in the best possible way (wanting more to read and wanting a sequel) and I truly cannot wait to read more of St. Clair’s books.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I would give it five stars if I could. I have been recommending this book because of its perfect blend of characters, storyline, and writing style, and I will definitely continue to recommend it.
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