The Night of Knives Paperback – Aug 7 2008
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If I had anything negative to say about this book, it's that twice the author called the character "Jacob" by a different name: once "Erik" and once "Erid". And I wish it could have ended differently for a couple characters (I can't say more than that without giving too much away). But overall, I highly recommend this book!
This is such a book.
Reading this after Evans's exceptional Blood Price was an enormous disappointment. It starts strongly, but pretty soon degenerates into a bunch of cardboard characters wearily colouring in a paint-by-numbers plot.
Speaking of the plot: It's terrible. No, really. If Night of the Knives was a movie, it would be MST3K'd. There were points in the book when the sheer ludicrousness of a new revelation or twist made me laugh out loud. It just doesn't make sense. In a well-written book, like Blood Price, the events are results of the interactions between and personalities of the characters. In this book, unfortunately, the strings that the author uses to guide the characters around the stage are glaringly visible. Most of it is a linear sequence of "the characters go here so that Important Event A can happen, then they go there so that they can see Important Event B happen, then ...". Yawn. The motivation of the main character, Veronica, made no sense at all. The actions of the others were equally suspect. After the compellingly drawn characters in Blood Price, this was a major letdown.
Night of the Knives is a lazily written walk down an overly familiar road to a tiresomely predictable destination. Avoid! But make sure you read Blood Price. It's really good.