Continuing the story started in The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, this novel has a distinctly Australian feel and sound.
In this instalment, Ashala’s best friend Ember Crow is missing. On a mission in Gull City to discover more about the person claiming to be the Serpent, Ember fails to return – worse than that, she vanishes from everyone’s consciousness, and in a world where people can ‘feel’ each other’s minds, this can mean nothing but bad news for the exiles of the Firstwood.
The plot is complex and convoluted, and there is a large cast of characters in Ember Crow, so you need to have your wits about you while you are reading. Other than some minor recapping at the beginning, Kwaymullina drops the reader right in the middle of the story, and you need to keep up with all the twists and turns to really keep track of who’s doing what and where.
I am looking forward to the next instalments in this series: The Foretelling Georgie Spider and The Execution of Neville Rose.
See my review of the first in this series – The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf – here.