Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I am quite late on the bandwagon with ‘The Crown Conspiracy’, but I gave up hope that the cool books would come to me. I stuck to resolving the issues with my Leaning Pile of Shame, which is nowhere near resolving, and tried to ignore the awesome titles that everybody gets. It would seem that my star is rising, because I had the fortune to be offered not just the one, but the first three books from the series.
The status quo dictates that ‘The Crown Conspiracy’ is a jolly good read. I might be a rebel in the community, but I second what other bloggers have to say about Sullivan’s book. My first reaction following the first twenty or so pages was to second question whether this was in fact a debut, because it reads like butter on toast. Sullivan knows what he is doing and the pages turned themselves. I couldn’t help myself and think of Tolkien, while reading this book. There is a quality to the prose, the characters and the world, which reignite that my spark and sense of wonder.
I enjoyed the parallel between Sullivan’s world and the Roman Empire. I’m terrible at history though and not the best judge, so correct me if I am wrong there. Hadrian and Royce make an unforgettable and humorous duo to follow. The secondary cast is most satisfying. My one and only irk so far is that everybody is giving everybody else looks, glares, stares in various forms and manners. But that is nothing but a minor speck. The rest is pure entertainment, so far.