Thursday, April 10, 2014
Book Review: Friends and Traitors by C.J. Hill (Whitney Finalist 2013)
Author: C.J. Hill
Enjoyment Rating: ***
This book would be rated: PG-13 for violence
In Friends and Traitors, C.J. Hill demonstrates how to hook new readers in the second novel in a series. She begins the book with a gripping chapter about a young couple who are traveling on a private plane carrying precious cargo (dinosaur eggs), when the woman goes into labor. This chapter serves to describe how the characters in the Slayers series have the power to fight dragons in the first place, and also gives crucial insight into the mind the Dragon Lord, their nemesis. Over the course of the rest of the novel, new characters are introduced, and other characters, including Tori, the daughter of a prominent politician, are developed. While there's plenty of high-flying (literally) action, Hill doesn't sacrifice internal conflict at the expense of external conflict. The story here is one that has a female protagonist but would be equally accessible to male readers, and it's definitely one that I could see my teen readers enjoying, even if they hadn't read the first book in the series.