The Lascar’s Dagger is an interesting blend of political intrigue, religious debate and illustrations of how stereotyping is seldom a good idea. Glenda Larke writes at a fairly easy to consume level, neither demanding that the reader track complex plot elements nor boring the reader with nothing interesting to say. For the first book in a new series, it’s not bad, but I’m not dying to read the next book in the series either.
Saker is a rogue. By the classic definition, he lies, he cheats, he seduces women and he is a spy for a powerful religious order. He is also incredibly naive, almost to the point that I was left wondering how he had survived as long as he has doing the job he does. Maybe it’s his incredible good looks??
The Lascar’s Dagger follows the misadventures of Saker as he is seduced by the King’s daughter, gets caught spying on a powerful merchant and generally is a bumbling fool who is likable and annoying in equal measures. He’s not one of the greatest main characters I’ve ever read.
The Lascar’s Dagger is really a strange combination because it feels like it was written for a young adult audience, but the sex scenes really make it an adult book. Had the sex scenes not been included I really might have thought it was intended for the 12-16 year old demographic because it felt kind of like early Eddings. The Lascar’s Dagger is not a bad book, but there are many other stories that deserve attention first.