I picked this book up at our library’s used book sale when I was looking for some science fiction or fantasy. The author’s name sounded vaguely familiar so I picked it up. Turns out it’s the fourth book in the Snow Queen Cycle.
Genre: science fiction
Length: 235 pages
Setting: Tiamat, during the events of The Snow Queen
Summary: Nyx LaisTree is a Blue, a group of police officers vigilantes who destroy illegal technology within Carbuncle. On Nyx’s name day, the vigilantes are caught and all are killed except him. Two other officers, Gundhalinu and Jerusha PalaThion, are injured when they come to investigate. During the raid, some Old Empire tech is lost and several factions set out to find it. LaisTree and Gundhalinu are drawn together in their search for meaning in the massacre. They ultimately recover the missing tech and most of the people responsible for the massacre are killed.
Final thoughts: Every time I looked at the title, I started singing the song by the same name. It took me quite a bit to get the cadence of the names. There was also an odd part at the end with the Snow Queen that would have made more sense if I had read the other books in the series. Otherwise, it was a very interesting, well-written book. It was basically a police drama with science fictional elements.
Title comes from: A line in the book. The Blues were the police force. Even though LaisTree is removed from the police force following the massacre, in trying to figure out why his brother died, he kept coming back to the police.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this was a review from a book read in a previous year
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