Reading is my favorite hobby, hands down. Books are love to me. I am an avid collector, and paper books will always edge out e-books with me.
The Court of Owls is intense psychological drama and action with the best hero ever, Batman. Bruce Wayne feels a sense of responsibility towards Gotham, views it as his city by inheritance, since his family has spent generations defending and building the city. At times, it feels like a losing proposition, but he is sworn to give his all for his city. But there is another group who feels equally possessive of Gotham, and they want to shape it in their image, a destructive, corrupted image.
This entire book builds the tension up until a climax that requires finding and picking up the next volume as soon as possible. At times, it was hard to read, seeing what Bruce was going through, the horror and intense psychological torture he was subjected to. However, I will always believe in Batman/Bruce, and his ability to overcome all obstacles. So I knew he'd find his way out of the situation. Only that faith in him kept me going when things got really dire.
This is the kind of story where Batman shines. He's pitted against a truly formidable enemy, and he has to use all his wits, strength, and fortitude to overcome. It's never easy, but that's why we love Batman so much. He's always up for the challenge.
One day, I hope this is adapted to the screen. It would be excellent.
Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.