A Crown for Cold Silver
is, according to the author page, written by an acclaimed author writing under a
pseudonym, and has enticing reviews on the back cover. As promised, the world is full of
imagination and invention and the author regularly sets up and subverts expectations using
a cast of scarred and nasty people. It is obviously the first volume in what is intended
to be a much longer tale.
The opening line is superb "It was all going so nicely, right up
until the massacre." Absolutely mouth-watering. Unfortunately I found the book a much
less satisfying read lots of twisted characters racing around a mysterious world
often in circles. It took me several hundred pages to get the hang of who was whom,
and it was not until around page 500 that all the important ones arrived in the same
place. I kept wanting a map and a character list to help me follow the story. The book is
in two parts, and unfortunately I put it down after the first part, and read several
others before I felt obliged to continue with the tale, so the great one-liners and the
memorable characters were somewhat wasted on me. Perhaps you will find it more satisfying.