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The Pithdai Gate (A Senserte Caper) (Volume 1)

by Eric Zawadzki

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I was fortunate enough to win this book through GoodReads First Reads giveaways for an honest review.

Within the first few pages of this book I knew I was in trouble. The main character Arinna, head of the Senserte (a group of individuals dedicated to righting the wrongs committed against the common man) proceeds to introduce a multitude of characters she is working with. You then learn there are more characters involved in this troupe. Top it off with the different types of races and you have one massive confusing story.

Overall the plot was good. There was a constant flow of action with not too much down time however the final scene was totally baffling. I feel the authors tried too hard to make the book an adventurous escapade. Aside from the potential good plot I also did like how the authors portrayed the Senserte as vulnerable and fallible. Not all of their schemes took off.

I felt the writing was rushed and convoluted. There was a good story hidden under layers of confounding prose. Peel away the layers and you would have had a great adventure. ( )
  NancyNo5 | Jun 23, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0615926932, Paperback)

Swashbuckling! Museum heists! Hot air balloons! Lake monsters!

The crown prince of Pithdai has been kidnapped, and the ransom is a trove of magical paintings — any one of which could destroy the fragile political and cultural balance of the nascent Flecterran Union.

Luckily, the king’s daughter, Arrina, leads the indefatigable Senserte — the Eyes of Justice, who are traveling players by day and ruthless crime-fighters by night.

The Senserte must orchestrate a plan to make the dangerous exchange to save the prince and bring the kidnappers to justice. But it’s hard to plan for everything. Territorial air elementals, voracious lake monsters, and a rainforest of living nightmares are all in a day’s work, but this caper has a catch: Arrina's brother might not want to be rescued.

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