Review: In the Lion's Mouth

Title: In the Lion's Mouth (January Dancer #3)
Author: Michael Flynn
Publisher: Tor
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
Hardcover, 304 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7653-2285-2
Genre: Space Opera

It’s a big Spiral Arm, and the scarred man, Donavan buigh, has gone missing in it, upsetting the harper Mearana's plans for a reconciliation between her parents. Bridget ban, a Hound of the League, doubts that reconciliation is possible or desirable; but nonetheless has dispatched agents to investigate the disappearance. 
The powerful Ravn Olafsdottr, a Shadow of the Names, slips into Clanthompson Hall to tell mother and daughter of the fate of Donovan buigh. In the Long Game between the Confederation of Central Worlds and the United League of the Periphery, Hound and Shadow are mortal enemies; yet a truce descends between them so that the Shadow may tell her tale. There is a struggle in the Lion’s Mouth, the bureau that oversees the Shadows—a clandestine civil war of sabotage and assassination between those who would overthrow Those of Name and the loyalists who support them. And Donovan, one-time Confederal agent, has been recalled to take a key part, willingly or no.

My thoughts:
In the Lion's Mouth by Michael Flynn. It's the third in the January Dancer series but for the most part it can also read as a stand alone novel. I have not read the first two novels in the series so I went into this book completely blind about the story line and characters.  I think if I did read the first two books I would have been better prepared for In the Lion's Mouth. However I did manage to keep up with what was going on.
Donavan buigh is a hard character to explain. He's not one man but rather a infusion of several different people. At first I thought he was schizophrenic because he heard voices in his head but it turns out these voices are actually people joined together with him due to a scientific procedure. He also is having memory problems as well. Remember this is science fiction so things can get a little crazy. 
Donavan is being taken against his will by the Shadow, Ravn Olasfdottr. She's also the narrator of this tale. Ravn is one of those characters you can't tell which side she's playing for. The story line in this book is very fast paced.  It's also very interesting and entertaining. 
Overall this is a good story. If you like science fiction and space operas then check this book out. I would recommend maybe starting at the beginning of the series to get the whole picture but if you wanted to start in the middle then you wouldn't be too lost.
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.