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I so should be studying for the bar exam but of course I was reading romance novels & fantasy novels.

And I should be stressed out about how little I know about New York's civil procedure rules but instead I am filled out outrage and horror and shock (and, of course, whatever the noun form of "impressed" is) at the end of Broken Homes.

I gasped. Out loud. I clapped my hand to my mouth. I hadn't even realized that was an actual thing people did outside of movies and books and then I did it because I was SO caught off-guard. I gasped and then I thought about it and slowly things made sense (I swear, when they were talking about the woman's face, I even thought, hm, sounds like he might be doing something Lesley might be interested in). I swear I don't think I've been taken this unawares by a plot twist since Brandon Sanderson's Warbreaker.

And I have to wait AGES for the next book. I think it might not come out in the US until January!!! How am I to wait that long?

I'm actually very pleased with this series as a whole. I will admit I found the first book a bit boring and very difficult to get into. I think it was partly because the magic system wasn't as fleshed out as I like and mostly because the book was very London. There's a lot of jargon, which I assume is partly police jargon, mostly Britishisms, and because I didn't have as much a frame of reference (two trips to London and a handful of BBC tv shows are not as helpful as I would have thought) for almost anything Peter was talking about, so wading through it and getting used to it was a bit of a struggle at first. Plus I usually prefer high fantasy to urban fantasy my taste in urban fantasy runs towards the YA kind.

I checked out the second book from the library, though, because I wanted something to read, and it was better, and the third book was even better. It's almost like when I start reading a fantasy or science fiction novel in a different universe - I have to get used to it enough that reading doesn't seem as much work. The magic system also got more and more fleshed out as Peter learned more, which I appreciated, and of course the Faceless Man made the plot more interesting. I think the more characters learning magic gave it more of a magic school aspect, which is one fantasy trope I particularly enjoy.

But now I have finished the fourth book and I'll have to wait and I am very upset about Lesley but not in a way that I didn't like the twist? I really appreciated how completely the book took me off-guard and I knew there would be some sort of cliffhanger at the end and even so I didn't expect this. (I thought Nightingale would die or disappear, for some reason.)

When I get the next book, I may do a more coherent writeup of my opinions about the series, but for now, I should study.

(I'll be honest, what I'm actually going to do is check out [ profile] philomytha's fic, because the reason I picked up the first book in the first place was that I noticed she'd started writing fic in a new fandom and I wanted to read her fic ... but I should study.)
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