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The God of the Hive (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #10)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  7,336 ratings  ·  767 reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Laurie R. King's Pirate King.

Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, have stirred the wrath of a murderous secret organization bent on infiltrating the government. Now they are separated and on the run, wanted by the police, and pursued across the Continent by a ruthless enemy with limitless resources and powerful connect
ebook, 361 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2010)
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This is Part II of a story began in The Language of Bees, in which Russell and Holmes - back in England after an eight month absence - become involved in a mystery concerning the artist Damian Adler and his wife and child. I was underwhelmed by The Language of Bees: its cliffhanger ending didn't particularly bother me because I didn't care enough about the story to want to jump right into Part II. However, I'm glad that my reaction didn't put me off continuing with the series, because this novel
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The God of the Hive follows on directly from events in The Language of Bees and is the 10th book to feature Mary Russell. Mary and Sherlock are separated again and on the run. At first assessment you think of Reichenbach, and there are certainly deliberate similarities but the suspense gets left behind too often. Laurie R. King chooses instead to tell a more character driven story, examining Russell's new relationship with the recently discovered granddaughter of Sherlock Ho
Mar 22, 2010 Brackman1066 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
It's probably a little unusual to describe a book that is #10 in a series as a "break-through" book, but that's how this felt. As a long-time fan of the series, this book was the first one that felt like it had solved some of the writing and structural issues that had crept in about mid-way through the series.

I've had problems in previous books (including *The Language of Bees*, of which this book is a continuation) with the shift from Russel's first-person narration to moments of third-person d
Elizabeth Hunter
Here's the problem with the Mary Russell books--they're not mysteries. There's often a central question that does get resolved, usually in detail, before the end of the book. But who did what is generally spelled out explicitly long before the end. To some extent they are ops-sagas--how everyone managed to be in the right place at the right time with the right (or at least enough) information to resolve the situation. But even there, King is playing so many games with POV that the impact of the ...more
I won a signed ARC! Yay! This was an extremely satisfying ending to the cliffhanger in book 9. It follows Russell and Holmes separately, as they each make their way back to London after the disastrous events of the last book. Along the way, Russell meets and is aided by an odd man, Robert Goodman, who hides strange secrets. It's hard to say much about the book without spoilers, but they each find even more disastrous news in the paper, and events proceed to an exciting and decisive conclusion.

My first literary love affair was with Sherlock Holmes. I met him at the highly impressionable age of twelve and fell instantly in love. I read every Conan Doyle story that featured him - read them more than once.

Since then, I have had many loves in my life. Indeed, I have been a very loose woman, literarily speaking, but one never forgets one's first love. He is always special.

A few years ago when I read a review of a book called "The Beekeeper's Apprentice", I was both fascinated and a bit o
International Cat Lady
I almost gave this book four stars instead of five, but it was such an excellent tale that I gave it five anyway, despite a major flaw: The God of the Hive is essentially part two of King's The Language of Bees, published in 2009. King's Holmes/Russell books are a chronological series and should be read in order, and they all refer (although usually rather obliquely) to previous events in the series. The Language of Bees (which I read back in 2009) ended with the bad guys apparently vanquished, ...more
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Thrilling conclusion to the events that began in The Language of Bees. Thsi story is told from multiple perspectives. Mary is on the run with Estelle and meets a hermit who may or may not be trustworthy. Sherlock "abducts" a young, female doctor to stitch up Damien and spirits both of them away to the continent. Meanwhile Mycroft has fallen on some bad times and the mastermind behind it all watches and waits.

I loved the different perspectives. It picked up the pace and telling parts from the ba
Diana Sandberg

ALERT - spoilers near the end of this review.

I wasn’t going to read this so soon after The Language of Bees, but I got sucked in. Glad I did, too. This one follows very tightly indeed on the heels of the previous one, more so than most of her works. Interestingly, although that story was satisfying and complete in itself, this one adds layers to that, and extends itself from there. Ingenious. And *another* new and presumably ongoing character by whom I was entirely charmed - great addition. Thi
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I dearly wish that I had read the previous book right before reading this one (instead of a year and a half and three moves ago) - I feel like I had forgotten some key plot points, and as _God of the Hive_ picks up (quite literally) where _The Language of Bees_ leaves off, that was a bit of a problem. I also missed the completely Russell-centric view of the world from the previous volumes - the Holmes voice was quite good, but it wasn't Russell. I'm planning a marathon re-read soon, in which the ...more
I love Laurie R. King, and I love Holmes and Russell... but I hated how this book ended. I hope to write a full review one day, but for now: All during the action of the last chapter I had a feeling about what was going to happen to one character in particular. And I really hoped it wouldn't. And it did. {(view spoiler) ...more
I was fortunate enough to win an ARC of this book from goodreads in February. Amazing. This is one of my favorite series of books. My only critique of them is that I always want the story to continue. The God of the Hive (Book #10) begins where The Language of Bees (Book #9) ended. For those that read book #9 and screamed in frustration when the book ended and everything was not wrapped up, The God of the Hive delivers. Follow Russell as she tried to keep Estelle safe from the villainous Rev. Br ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Dec 28, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mary Russell Fans
This is the tenth in the Mary Russell series, where King gives Sherlock Holmes an unlikely (on the surface) romantic and professional partner: Mary Russell, a feminist, American, Jewish, an Oxford theological scholar--and less than half his age. It works though, usually the Russell books are a completely engrossing, suspenseful blend of mystery and historical fiction painting a vivid picture of the early 20th century.

Although as the rating indicates, I did like this, I did find it less engrossi
Kat Hagedorn

I'm always thrilled to see a new Laurie R. King. Here are the reasons I was not all that excited this time around.

1) One of the joys of reading her books is her interest in theological concepts. Where else-- in the world-- are you going to get religious concepts mixed up with mystery? (And if you say Dan Brown, I'll smack you.)
2) I didn't read the previous book, and that is clearly an oversight. Not that you had to know what happened, she introduces that nicely, but it
As one of many readers waiting anxiously for the continuation of the story begun in The Language of Bees, I was absolutely thrilled when I learned I was getting one of the coveted ARCs of this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

When we last saw Sherlock Holmes, he was spiriting his injured son, Damian Adler away from the "altar" where religious maniac Thomas Brothers had attempted a human sacrifice. At the same time, Holmes' wife Mary Russell is trying to keep Damian's daughter Estelle hidd
I won the ARC from here, and read it on vacation. I've been a fan of King's Mary Russell books for a while, although I am well aware of her ups and downs. "Locked Rooms" was not a favorite, and somehow I missed the one that followed--"The Language of Bees." Don't make the same mistake. "The God of the Hive" takes up IMMEDIATELY after the close of that book, and will spoil that book for you if you haven't already read it.

Holmes and Russell have been off on adventures around the world, and are fin
Robert Sickinger
Wow. Laurie King surpassed herself in my eyes with her latest novel "The God of the Hive."

Reading her Mary Russell novels for me is like receiving a history lesson. There is so much detail on locations and the journey you take with the characters you feel like you have taken the journey with the characters. This is the reason we read books, having you experience the journey, and this book doesn't fail.

What is different from this book then the rest of her stories from Mary Russell is the symboli
Blair Leatherwood
Another winner from Laurie King! After finishing The Language of Bees, I was not surprised to find such a quick followup in publication since Bees left me with the sense that there was more to this story (without feeling unfinished on its own). I was correct.

King hits the ground running after a quick look at two figures who will play major roles in GotH. She handled changes of narrator quite effectively, without losing the focus of the story or confusing the reader.

The story moves with great eff
I am a long-time reader of Ms. King (since I was in middle school and she wasn't yet on bestseller's shelves), and there was little chance I wouldn't love her latest volume in the life of Mary Russell. (In fact, I sat down and read the ARC in one sitting, as I had been trying to resist doing - in deference to an imminent med school exam - since I anticipated its arrival a few weeks ago.)

But I am happy to say it earns its five-star rating on its own merits: an exciting, constantly surprising plo
The God of the Hive forms a duo with Language of Bees, revealing that the problem Holmes and Russell thought they solved is actually a subset of a much larger problem. I usually enjoy this escalation technique, and was glad to continue the Damian/Thomas Brothers plot without the mumbo-jumbo that plagued Language of Bees (and was basically a less-believable rehashing of Monstrous Regiment of Women).

Um. Well. *That* plotline turned nicely political and drew in Mycroft (yay, Mycroft!), but then in
One of the things I enjoy most about the Russell/Holmes series is that King knows how to humanize Sherlock Holmes without taking away any of his edginess. She does that largely by making him older and inserting him into an ongoing family situation. In The God of the Hive, the 10th entry in the saga, Mary spends much of the story on her own, separated from Holmes by the aftermath of a violent case and divergent family needs. To take her through her paces, King has invented one of the most delight ...more
The God of the Hive struck me as a duller read the minute a character other than Russell started telling the story. It's no mystery when you know exactly what is happening, when you are as omniscient as the author herself. It's only a matter of turning pages until all the characters come together for a showdown of some variety.

Readers know who the "God" is in the first few chapters; they know who the usurper prince is; they know how the book will end. The character-driven emotional roller coaste
Todd Stockslager
First, if you are picking up this book, make sure you read The Language of Bees (Mary Russell Novels) first, or have read it recently enough to remember its events and the conclusion. I read both books back to back, and Hive is really a sequel, not just the "next book in the series" that can stand alone. Hive will not make sense without Bees, as we found literally in the first book.

Second, I didn't like this book as much as the first, which I rated 5 stars. The reason is that Bees was more tradi
I now realize how lucky I was to pick up Laurie King's Mary Russell series where I did. It now looks as though the first two books I read - A Letter of Mary and Justice Hall - aren't typical of the series. In both, the plot is a fairly conventional whodunit - the kind of background where I find Sherlock Holmes's presence utterly believable. In both, I was impressed by the way the author had grasped Holmes's character and I enjoyed seeing him through the eyes of the narrator, Mary Russell.

This is the second book that has Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes dealing with his family. The first was The Language of Bees. In this, his son Damian Adler is wounded and being sought for the murder of his wife by Scotland Yard. Holmes has to take care of Damian and Mary has to take care of Damian's young daughter while they all evade the police and try to catch the killers of Damian's wife. I recommend readings The Language of Bees first.
Sometimes she just knocks it out of the park, in my opinion, and this is one of her great ones. It's the sequel to another book — which i didn't like, in fact, and almost didn't read this one. But this one is so full of interesting information and she compellingly recreates Holmes and Mycroft and especially creates this beautiful, interesting, complex relationship between Mary Russell and Holmes. This is one of my favorites of the series; some of them feel a little strained or contrived or perfu ...more
This is a continuation of the previous book, The Language of Bees, where Mary and her husband are separated, each conducting separate investigations and protecting a traveling companion.

Mary and the wounded pilot and her step grand-daughter travel a perilous route from the Orkneys to London. Their plane is shot down and they are rescued by a puckish man named Robert Goodman. Goodman lives in harmony in the woods, collecting odd bits of this and that, carving animals and living simply. He and th
I really enjoy Laurie King's series on Sherlock Holmes and his wife, Mary Russell. Her 10th book in this series is a worthy addition (which are best read in order). The main characters are well developed by this point, but the secondary and tertiary characters are also well drawn and interesting. The plot is suspenseful and fast-paced, with a few unanticipated twists and turns (as well as a few anticipated twists). The main drawback of this book is that Mary and Holmes are split up for the bulk ...more
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Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)
  • A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell, #2)
  • A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell, #3)
  • The Moor (Mary Russell, #4)
  • O Jerusalem (Mary Russell, #5)
  • Justice Hall (Mary Russell, #6)
  • The Game (Mary Russell, #7)
  • Locked Rooms (Mary Russell, #8)
  • The Language of Bees (Mary Russell, #9)
  • Pirate King (Mary Russell, #11)
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