I'm always wary about books following popular trilogies. I'm also always wary about authors who start out unpopular who end up popular. This can lead to being manufactured. However, there's always an exception to the rule.
Blagaard's Moon is the exception to this rule. It's a prequel to the Firefish Trilogy (I'm also wary about prequels and sequels) that starts out with Smith Delany sitting on a post in a lake filled with deadly creatures. These creatures are original, but I shouldn't tell you what they are.
Anyway, he begins thinking back to a story one of his fellow pirates told about Jenta, a female pirate. Jenta apparantly got herself tangled into quite a web that wasn't very easy to untangle.
The story is not suspense, but a tangled web of good characters. The format of the story is interesting, having Smith think back to someone thinking back. There is one really good thing Polivka did at the end that most authors would not do.
The characters are believableand enjoyable, as usual for Polivka.
The only problem I could find about the book is its title. It's makes no sense. Nonetheless, I was pleasantly surprised by this book.
On a side note, the trilogy should have been in this order:
1. Blagaard's Moon
2. The Legend of the Firefish
3. The Hand That Bears the Sword
If this were so, it would have been the best trilogy on earth.
Nonetheless, I rate Blagaard's Moon 3.5 stars.
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