The biggest problem with this book was the lack of copy editing. There were a lot of punctuation errors, but more irritating was the fact the wooden staff used in martial arts is spelled “bo”, not “bow” like on a birthday gift. That aside, it was a pretty decent story, though fairly predictable. Things came too easily for Yelena, our trusty food taster turned warrior magician. Any time she needs something, there it is, whether accidentally provided by her friends or simply discovered without much effort.
One thing I did sort of like was the ambiguity of the Commander. Was he a bad guy? A good guy? Or possessing the qualities of both?
The kids in the high school book club I sponsor chose this book to read. They finished it much faster than I did and we’ve ordered the next book in the series. I wasn’t blown away by this one, but I never reached a point where I dreaded picking it up again, so I’ll read MAGIC STUDY and see how that one goes.