“I know, right?” Dex held back a smile. “I mean, I don’t understand how that bullet didn’t bounce off you, what with you being indestructible and all.”
MWT is a master of sleight-of-hand. Storytelling skills to the level that you'll follow her dubiously likable characters through endless bewildering micro adventures until everything settles into clarity with the grand reveal at the end. Great interiority, great insight into the characters' minds and perspectives, with moderate unreliability. This book looks at slavery (in an ancient world context), power and arrogance, as well as friendship. It probably suffers a bit because it's been long enough since I read the first books in that world that I sort of remember loving them, but don't remember enough about the world, the characters and the politics - or rather, my emotional engagement is a bit distant, so the world feels detailed and solid, but not like a return to a beloved story. The use of 'translated' myths in the narrative was smart but a bit pace-slowing. 14yo me would have been more impressed, but she was a geek. Clever, mature fantasy
Ah! I'm so mad! But in a good way...
I waited seven years for this book and then read it in about a day and now I just have to wait some more for the sixth book.
Also the book was really good. Like, yes, it's a standalone story (-ish), but I still got really invested in it and it was almost as good a read as the others and it brought up a lot of things I've had questions about this whole time. I have to switch to the read more now because I want to be more specific than this. Spoilers are free game following the cut.