Vicious was a pretty excellent match for my grumpy self lately. The book didn’t bewitch me like it did others, but I still quite enjoyed it. It was bloody, flawed, and as vicious as the title wants you to believe.
I really enjoyed the morally gray characters, how you didn’t really know which character was good, or bad, or either. You had to decide for yourself who had the best idea – and even when you managed to make a decision, you knew you could be very wrong, since there are still some mysteries that haven’t been told to you yet.
Are certain characters missing something vital? Are they monsters? Or are they simply lost within this new that they are experiencing?
Anyway, I prefer Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy, but back when I had first read those books, the first one didn’t make me feel any extreme emotion either. The second book is what hooked me – perhaps this series will do the same. Maybe that’s just how my reading relationship with this author is going to be. Meh to book 1, ooooh to the other books.
So if you like gritty violence, flawed, morally gray characters, and undead dogs, pick this story up. You’ll like it.