I don’t like this book. I completely love it. I read it in just a few hours, ignoring my duties as a dog and human mother and I don’t even feel bad about it. KJ’s books usually leave me all warm and fuzzy. This doesn’t have the same effect. It’s a thrilling, stressful but deeply satisfying ride. This is KJ’s magnus opus.
Felicity Davis is the principal of Rawson Girls Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia. She is featured in both Coming Home and Art of Magic. This is her back story and after having read it, her strength is even more admirable. A student at a neighboring school disappears and inspector Tal Diamandis comes to the school to speak with Felicity. There is an instant connection between the two. Tal has difficulty getting a read on Felicity, which makes her all the more fascinating.
There are a lot of other occurrences that keep Tal and Felicity in each others orbit and working together to try to set things right. Tal is nonbinary and is the perfect match for Felicity. Tal and Felicity both exhibit strength of character, while showing each other their vulnerability.
This book kept me on the edge of my couch. Felicity is such a great character and I am so glad she got a story worthy of her. KJ is one of my favorite authors and I love that she gave us something unexpected. Anyone who reads this won’t soon forget it. Ignis is an exceptionally well written book.
I found the dialogue so stilted, it’s jarring. The many misuses of words was irritating. Here’s just one example. One character to another: “I’m just here in an observatory mode.” An observatory is a building, so the character turns into a building staring at the stars? So bad I memorized without even trying. The break up of the timeliness carries no surprises nor does the revelation of the bad guy. Surely we can do better than this for Sapphic readers?
We definitely disagree on this. KJ is one of my favorite authors. While this was a departure from her usual style, I found it intriguing. The observatory line, I didn’t even notice. A few word mistakes doesn’t take away from KJ’s writing which I am always drawn to. Felicity is a great character and after reading Coming Home and Art of Magic, I was eager to learn more about her. I wasn’t disappointed.