The real suspense doesn’t begin until late in the story, but from that point on it really rocks, with a palace coup, a chase through the halls of the United Nations building, secret tunnels, and a sweet love story. The political situation in the kingdom smacks of as much reality as you want in such a light story.
I think too much time was spent in the early chapters on carefully setting up the society and the politics, and too little spent on the personalities of the main characters. Except for the hero, who we come to know intimately, and to sympathize with completely. Turan is a realistically-drawn modern young man, unremarkable in any way, who is thrust by circumstance into a situation beyond his control. Almost. How he manages to create the courage to make the right decision is the content of the book, and that part works out perfectly. The supposed plot twist at the end is, when you think of it, completely in tune with his character, and that’s all I’ll say about that.
A fun read with modern political overtones.
(4 / 5)