Bean and Petra are back for more wacky, political antics.

General Information

Title: Shadow Puppets

Author: Orson Scott Card

Original Publication Date: 2002

ISBN: 0-765-34005-4

Cover Price: $7.99 US, $10.99 Can

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Premise

Peter Wiggins learns of a certain vulnerable moment that
Achilles is
about to have.

High Point

The meeting with Dr. Anton.

Low Point

The shift into politics and away from battle caused a significant
drop
in the overall sense of adventure.

The Scores

The start of a new family is the only element that’s
original
to the series in this book. Everything else has been done in the
series before, and about as well. I give it 3 out of 6.


The imagery is pretty utilitarian, omitting details in
locations that the author never plans to visit again. It tends to
draw attention to locations that are not important, or seemingly
inconsequential locations that will have signifigance in the future.
I give it 4 out of 6.

The story is well assembled out of previously
manufactured
parts. I give it 4 out of 6.



The characterization has little that is truly new. The
old characters are consistent with their past selves, with the
possible exception of Peter Wiggins, who I remember as being
more
competant than this. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was minimal.
Many of
the conversations between Bean and Petra were comical, but
the rest
didn’t really do anything for me. I give it 3 out of 6.



The editing is fairly good; there was only one
typographical
error I noticed, and the little redundancy that was present was
true
to the situations. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s good enough to keep me around for the
last book
in the series when it comes, but I won’t be holding my breath or
splurging on the hardcover. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Shadow Puppets receives 27 out of 42.