03 December 2009

One Sentence

Have you ever noticed how one sentence can change a novel? Maybe I exaggerate, a couple of sentences. Ilona Andrews' "Magic Bites" is my most recent example. I was finding her heroine, Kate Daniels, tough going and then I read:

"The bravado is amusing, but it becomes tiresome."
I sighed. "I'm a merc. I walk like a merc, I talk like a merc, I act like a merc."
"So you admit to being a walking stereotype?"
"It's safer that way," I said honestly.

Bingo. Kate became a full fledged character, and more than that, I was intrigued, hooked. Now, I own all Andrews' books and have pre-ordered the next Kate Daniels, "Magic Bleeds".

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