I’m reading this series out of order, but I think reading Phantom Thief first makes things even more interesting! And once again, Lee is his sarcastic, genius self, and it’s amazing!
Characters: Well, what can I say? Simon Lee is hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. I love his wit and his interactions with his team. The kid is just crazy! (I will say I have to kind of suspend belief for a bit when I read this series – Lee acts like he’s about forty years old, but he’s fourteen. I know he’s special, but fourteen-year-old boys don’t do the stuff he does. Well, unless you’re Simon Lee, I guess.) But anyway. Lee’s mysterious past just makes everything more interesting, and I definitely need some resolution there. I just need to keep reading the series! As for the other characters … Agent Mason was interesting, and Shirley was so hairbrained, which was an intriguing mix with Lee. Lee’s team was also fun to see, and I’m thinking they come back in later books? I will say that I needed a lot more of Winfield – I’m glad he made a cameo, but he’s so interesting. And that ending … my heart.
Setting/Plot/Writing Style: The French setting of this book was an interesting twist I wasn’t expecting! Little did I know Simon Lee had even more talents that I’d thought and could speak fluent French. The writing style was very clean and forthright, which worked really well with this type of book. I was a little perplexed with where the plot was going at the beginning of the book, but I think it ended up connecting more once I got past the midpoint. But as usual, there was plenty of intrigue and action that kept everything moving.
Moral/Theme: So this is before Lee even thinks of becoming a Christian (save for the time he said he definitely wasn’t), so there weren’t a lot of overt themes. I suppose you could say there’s a moral against lying and stealing, given what Lee is doing is not good. But there really wasn’t a ton there, and I would’ve loved to see more Biblical themes.
Overall, this was a fun prequel to the Simon Lee series. I’m looking forward to reading more of these books, and I better get some closure out of those. Lee has me hanging in suspense, per usual! (Still torn up about that ending.)
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