Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Cipher by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Series: Crosspointe Chronicles #1
Revised series: First published 2007
314p.
Available Now
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Source: NetGalley and publisher for review
A member of the royal Rampling family, Lucy Trenton possesses a most unique talent: the ability to detect majick and those who wield it. She has kept her ability a secret all her life to avoid bringing scandal to her family, but lately Lucy has grown careless. When she recklessly uses her gift to locate a valuable and treacherous majickal artifact, she finds herself embroiled in a dangerous intrigue that threatens her life—and the life of every person in Crosspointe. 
Making her troubles worse, she’s being pursued by the dashing and mysterious ship captain Marten Thorpe—a man with an unsavory history. But now she desperately needs his help. The problem is, she doesn’t know if she can trust him…
My thoughts:
Although the new cover looks YA, this isn't a YA fantasy book. It is also a revised edition of the series. I do believe that the whole series is being revised in the same way.

The beginning is a bit slow in pacing, but you really get to know the "flavor" of the world where magic is possible and dangerous. You also get to know several of the characters. As Lucy gets more caught up into a political and dangerous magical plot the book becomes more involved and the pacing increases. There were several moments when you were on the edge of your seat trying to figure out just how she was going to get out of some of the scrapes that seemed impossible. The ending was satisfying and had me wanting more in this series but I have to admit that the "bad" guy ended up being a disappointment and a bit too convenient to defeat after so much build up.

I give this book 4 stars. Although this first volume had it's flaws, I was still drawn into the world wanting more in the end. I recommend it to those that enjoy fantasy.

22 comments:

  1. I'm glad despite a slow start it was finally a good novel. I have a book by this author about witches but I haven't tried it yet. Soon I hope so! Thanks for the review!

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    1. I really loved the Horngate Witches! I KNOW you will!

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  2. My cover does NOT look like that, or YA like. Not a fan of this cover, and other pub too

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    1. It's a revised edition cover. Most places still have the old cover on it.

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  3. Shame the bad guy was a bit of a letdown in the end, but everything else about this one sounds pretty interesting. Fantasy is quickly becoming my very favorite genre, so I look forward to checking this one out Melissa!

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    1. It was a bit of a twist at the end though. :) I do think you would enjoy this one.

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  4. I don't mind slow pacing as long as I'm wrapped up in the world. Yay for fantasy!

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    1. Once things get going I have no doubt you will be wrapped up!

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  5. I can handle slow pace if it pays off. I am not sured the cover fits, though.

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    1. I'm the same way. I don't mind the cover, but not a huge fan.

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  6. Oh wow yeah I would have said YA. I do love the cover though. It's very catching. Glad to hear it picked up and ended well!

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    1. When I saw this cover I thought the same thing! :)

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  7. sounds like it was fun, despite the disappointing bad guy.. yeah the cover makes it look very YA

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  8. Oh I saw when she was looking for reviewers to read. I wished I wasn't so backed up with review books as I would like to get into this series. :) Thank you.

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  9. Melissa, I am glad to see that despite the slow start and flaws, that you found it compelling enough to continue the series.

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  10. Slow pace can be good to get to know the character and plot. Great review!

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  11. You're right, the cover DOES look a little YA, but I'm glad to hear the slow pace really builds the world and flavor. I love when that happens. Great review, Melissa!

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  12. I'm glad I read your review because the cover kind of turns me off. Sounds good though.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  13. Well, this is not the kind of book that I usually go for.
    But it does look quite interesting
    Your reader
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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  14. Convenient villains are always a shame, but this seems to be a promising series and I'm curious to see what you make of the sequels. Wonderful review, Melissa, and thanks for putting these books on my radar! :)

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  15. I don't remember hearing anything about this series before. I'll have to look them up. I'm glad you enjoyed despite the flaws!

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  16. GAH. I love her Horngate Witches series, so I've had this series on my radar for years, but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I think I'm going to have to now. Even with an anticlimactic resolution with the Bad Guy, this still sounds pretty good. Thanks for the reminder ;)

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