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Snare by Katharine Kerr

Review by Caleyna

If you're already a Katharine Kerr fan you won't be surprised to find Snare is a well written, well plotted excellent read. If you've never read a Katharine Kerr book before, this book is a wonderful introduction to a fantastic author.

I am not a sci-fi fan so I was a little unsure of this book. Despite my fears, I gave it a shot and am glad I did.

The book starts out with a very fantasy-ish setting as some psuedo-Muslim folks plot an overthrow of an evil dictator. As the plot develops, the book slowly moves toward a science fiction mode but the transition is so subtle it didn't matter to my poor anti-sci-fi brain.

As typical for Kerr, there are very well developed characters of both sexes. Strong women feature heavily in the plot, much to the delight of this feminist. The men are also realistic and easy to relate to. The only "people" difficult to relate to were the aliens, but should an alien really be easy to relate to? Nope.

I loved the way Kerr set up this book and enjoyed every slowly revealed hint about the nature of the universe. I was guessing right up until the final revelation, which is a sign of a great book--it all made sense but it wasn't cliche.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy or science-fiction. It's an excellent read and deserves a place on the shelves of any fan of books.

With that high praise, how can I give it any less than a five out of five amulets?

Oh, and if you are in the US please ignore the cover art. I can't believe how ugly it is!


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