Friday, January 14, 2011
Red Glove is as smart and sharp as its prequel, White Cat, but has a whole new element of danger as Cassel realizes just how deep into a life of crime he is when the Feds come after him. Cassel remains entrenched in the world of cons and crime, but yet he doesn't exactly become a criminal like the rest of the members of his family. He is clever, knows how to play a person, and isn't afraid to break some rules, but he still is concerned with doing what is right, which we can see this in his attempt to stay away from Lila, unwilling to take advantage of her while she is still cursed. Despite his best attempts though, she manages to work her way into his life, giving readers the chance to get to know her a bit better despite her messed-up emotions. Sam and Daneca also show up a bit more in Red Glove, providing Cassel with the opportunity to work on trust as he slowly opens up to them and it allows Black to reveal more of Cassel's world and its politics as the government and population deal with prejudice and secrecy when it comes to curseworkers.
After the spectacular con he pulled in White Cat, it's hard imagine that Cassel could come up with something better for the end of this book, but this con is plenty smart and it has the added emotional pull of being linking to the mystery of Philip's death. Red Glove is an electrifying, byzantine high-stakes sequel that raises as many questions as it answers and will leave readers' hearts pounding with exhilaration and danger.
Cover Comments: Ah, this cover is so fantastic! I like that it portrays Lila on the cover, though it is sort of interesting the way the red glove comes. I like the new style--it's a little edgier and seems to fit the attitude of the book a little better. Despite the girl on the cover, I don't think this is one that a guy will be afraid to pick up.
ARC provided by publisher.