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Hidden Warrior, Lynn Flewelling

Unlike most middle books of trilogies, Hidden Warrior keeps up the pace of The Bone Doll’s Twin and ensures reader interest throughout. Even though the reader knows throughout that Tobin is going to return to his female form eventually, it’s still a surprise when he does, and tension is present throughout the entire book.

While reading, I couldn’t find any faults. Tobin’s transformation is brilliant; his doubts beforehand are well executed. His awkwardness at so many things is uncomfortably true to life. Ki, Tobin’s squire, is very lovable. I have to say that many of the characters are probably too good to be true, but it’s easy to care about them, which is more important. Many of the characters have multiple sides to them, especially the “usurpers”. It’s easy to see their motives. The sense of rightness over Tobin, that she is the next in a long line of warrior queens, is consuming, and she has the reader cheering for her by the end.

The plot is very swift, and the book ends with an unexpected idea – for me at least – that I am looking forward to seeing Tobin overcome.

Not much else to say on this book, except that I can’t wait to read the last book of the trilogy!

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