The Ivanov Diamond (Malykant Mysteries #2)
My rating: Fantasy
by Charlotte E. English
The Rostikov Legacy introduced the character of Konrad Savast, the secretive Malykant - a man with a supernatural mandate to track down killers and take revenge on behalf of their victims. At the beginning of The Ivanov Diamond his spirit helpers summon him to what looks like a natural death - except that the victim's soul is inexplicably missing. As with the first book, the unfolding of the mystery plot is closely tied to the nature of Konrad's role and the world he inhabits, which makes for a satisfying read. If anything, the ending was almost too neat.
Despite his unusual job, Konrad is still human, and he struggles to balance his violent role with his personal feelings and interpersonal relationships. He's a fascinating character, and for me, this aspect is one of the most interesting parts of the series - particularly his interactions with the fantastic Irinanda, an expert herbalist and probably the closest thing Konrad has to a friend.
I can't wait for the next one.