My previous experience with Tamora Pierce consists of her Daughter of the Lioness duet (Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen) and I truly enjoyed those books. I love Pierce’s ability to weave a story and characters that you just fall in love with.
So far I really enjoy Evvy, or Evumeimei as Luvo calls her. And I ADORE Luvo. Who wouldn’t adore a living, walking, talking heart of a mountain composed of green and purple crystal in the shape of a bear? I love the way that Pierce describes ambient mages like Evvy (stone) and Rosethorn (plants) and their powers. Evvy’s connection with stone and gem is just…for lack of a better word, magical.
Evumeimei is fiesty, distrusting and as hard and hale a character as one could want. Having already gone through gang warfare over her magic and a war proper, being just a teenager, Evumeimei is rightfully somewhat hateful of humanity, preferring the company of her rocks and Luvo. I adore her.
So I am very much looking forward to finishing this story, as well as reading Pierce’s novel that covers the time of the war that Evvy and Rosethorn went through on Gyongxe. Yes, very excited! ^_^
UPDATE, 1/29/2010: Oh, yes! I was right. I adore Evumeimei! She is an awesome, though stubborn, character. Pierce’s descriptions of her ambient power with and within stone are engrossing and beautiful. I never stones could be so fascinating. Her interactions with others are a constant surprise to her, especially when they do something that causes her to respect or even like them. She doesn’t have much use for humans, obviously, so it’s fun to watch her have to admit that some humans are worth the breath in their lungs. Pierce writes Evvy in such a way that you almost agree with her that most human beings just aren’t worth dealing with and you can feel her love for her stones and the care that she gives them. A very well-written character.
I have about a 1/4 or 1/5 of the book left to go. Perhaps I’ll be lucky enough to finish it today. That would be two books finished in a week. 🙂
FINISHED, 1/29/2010: I finished the book today and I was rather satisfied with the ending. It felt rather unconventional but it fit in with the story quite well. By the end of the story, you have seen facets to Evumeimei and Luvo that you never expected.
I adored this book! It’s been a few years since I read a Pierce novel and I once again realize why I enjoy her work. I cannot wait for her book on the war in Gyongxe. I need to read Street Magic, the novel where Evumeimei is introduced into Pierce’s world through Briar Moss, another former street rat and “green” mage.
Bravo, Tamora! Another story well-woven!