Perhaps because I don't normally read works of this genre, the story seemed extraordinarily original. But I don't think it was a lack of familiarity with the genre even though from a previous review I might have felt differently if I'd read the first of this series. In any case than this might be a review as a stand alone.
I had a fanciful recall of the Maltese Falcon from one of the elements of the story but something like a passing thought. I felt, what seemed to me, to be subtle reminders of Gilman's influences from literature and maybe even cinema. Whatever the case the story is seamless and he puts it together in the way of true originality. The characters had depth despite the fantastic themes. The ending had a satisfying subtlety. Although there were so many it ways it could have ended, this was truly just right.
I was disappointed in this book. The first book of the series was impressive due to the memorable characters, plotting and amazing descriptions of the city. This book takes up where the first one ended and, perhaps, suffers from mid-trilogy let down.
I found that I lost my suspension of disbelief which is essential when you want to take a reader into strange and wondrous places. I did not have a clear picture of what many of the main protagonists looked like and although the author still excels at describing "The City" after a while it just sounds like another slum.
We can hope that there is a third book coming with a more editing.
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