Brynn Paulin has brilliantly straddled the two diverse worlds of medieval England and the US in contemporary times in her latest Total-E-Bound release...moreBrynn Paulin has brilliantly straddled the two diverse worlds of medieval England and the US in contemporary times in her latest Total-E-Bound release, Single White Knight. From the onset, she brings to life in vivid detail the sights and sounds of long past as the reader becomes immediately vested in the plight of Sir Alwin, reviled and hunted for his sin of sodomy, still grieving for his lost love, Tobias.
But fate has a different end in mind for Wyn, and he is reunited with his love…only to find that Toby, as he is now known, professes to have no knowledge of him and their past together.
Bit by bit, Toby comes to remember their love and the terrible events that parted them. And as they cope with a modern world that in many ways is just as unfriendly to their love as their original time, they must work together to overcome their fears and long-held guilt which threatens to separate them once again.
Ms. Paulin coaxes the reader through an emotional wringer with her two heroes in a way that makes Single White Knight impossible to forget. One of my top five reads of 2009, in any genre! It is simply not to be missed! (less)
Old time Anita fans are going to like the fact that we see more of her necromancy in this book (and less ardeur) than we have seen in a long time. It'...moreOld time Anita fans are going to like the fact that we see more of her necromancy in this book (and less ardeur) than we have seen in a long time. It's shorter than her usual, but this is balanced by the fact it is centered around one event combining Anita's daily life with her work life, rather than multiple plot lines.
Nathaniel and Jason (my two favorite guys beside J-C, who we don't see much of anymore) and Micah are the guys with Anita-time in this one, but it's less sex and more relationship. And what Anita story would be complete without her brushing up against unknown shifters who underestimate her power? By the end, they know all too well what she's capable of, and it looks as if we will have another repeat character to add to the mix.
A good quick read and a nice return to Anita's powers...and break from the ardeur (only "hits" once in this book I think).(less)
**spoiler alert** I don't do many reviews for the simple reason that I have my own writing to do, but I was moved to try to explain why this rated "lo...more**spoiler alert** I don't do many reviews for the simple reason that I have my own writing to do, but I was moved to try to explain why this rated "low" for me.
First off, I'm a big LKH fan, of both the Merry and Anita series. Therefore, much is forgiveable in her books simply because I enjoy the continuing story of the worlds and characters she's created. I've read every book and short story in these series, and my taste is to rank them fairly high. However, this book took me weeks to read.
Those of you who know me, know that I can devour a book this size in hours. So why did it take me so long? DM just didn't pull me in like the other books in this series.
***Warning, Spoiler alert for below (to the extent that I discuss who got plot time and who didn't).
Most of the time, the Merry books begin with a mystery situation that links into the faerie world. This one is no different, but the new cast of beings introduced fell flat for me. I felt no sense of urgency to solve the mystery, I had no sympathy for the characters and little interest in getting to know them. This is radically different from how I usually feel about Merry books.
This is the first book in which Andais and Cel aren't featured, since Merry has cut ties to that court and is starting her own. But instead of more information about the easily interesting process that involves, we get brief, choppy references to sithens growing, but no real involvement. In a weird way, I miss Andais and Cel's and even her uncle in the Seelie court in this one.
I was also distressed to see Barinthus turn into an unlikeable (for me) character in this one. I'd always enjoyed the avuncular relationship there, but that completely disappears.
Frost and Doyle are just part of the background. Mistral and the Slaugh Lord pop in and out, but not a lot of time there either. The two guys who are featured the most are Rhys (which saved the book for me!) and Galen (altho his personality seems to have changed a bit, she's "matured" him, but I miss the comic relief and humanness).
She spends more time developing some of the peripheral characters, but again, I'm not loving on them the way I have some of her other characters, good and evil.
And the book ended with a whimper and left me surprised. That's it? was my reaction on the last page.
I had to think about my reaction for a week before I could wrap my head around it. This is the first book of hers that I will definitely have to reread...because it was so forgettable, and I'll need to in order to figure out who people are and what's going on before the next book of the series. NOT the reason you want people to come back to your books.
Jessica Jarman gives us a great introduction to this world and group of characters. Only wish it had been longer! I'm really looking forward to Jae's...moreJessica Jarman gives us a great introduction to this world and group of characters. Only wish it had been longer! I'm really looking forward to Jae's and Seth's stories!(less)