Just finished re-reading it for I believe the 6th time... Anyway, when I was younger the whole thing seemed way more amazing because I was newer to thJust finished re-reading it for I believe the 6th time... Anyway, when I was younger the whole thing seemed way more amazing because I was newer to the whole sexuality thing and I more moved by the little romance in it. But I still think it a great book.
Synopsis: The book is mostly about Katherine, a 16 year old noble brought up in the country. Her family recently lost her father, and is having financial difficulty. To make matters worse, her mother's brother keeps trying to take their money with lawsuits. One day, out of the blue, they receive a letter from the duke, stipulating that if she went to his house, learned to be a swordsman, and ceased all contact with her family for six months, he would pay off all of their depts and stop the lawsuits. So she does her duty to her family and goes to love with the made duke. Throughout the book, we learn about some of the politics that her uncle is involved in, she falls in love, she discovers different sexualities, we see her become an excellent swordsman, and we learn about noble society, and about one of the girls in it who is crucial to the story.
Review:(view spoiler)[ I mostly liked this book because of the characters but also the journey that Kate takes to become a swordsman and to understanding the noble society and herself. I think the book could have a bit more action, but enough was happening to distract from that. I really love the Mad Duke. Really, he's just bisexual with lots of prostitutes coming and going, he doesn't respect the rules of society and is very forward thinking. I like that at first the duke is a perplexing character to Kate but by the end they like each other in their own ways. I liked the way in which it ways easy to follow the different stories. There are three main stories: the one about Kate, the one about Artmizia (a girl Kate meets on her first night), and about Lord Ferris (someone high up on the political chain of power, who Artmizia becomes betrothed to). They all tie together very nicely. However, I felt that sometimes she switched to another story right when it was getting intense. This does help to build up the tension, but is annoying and stops the flow of the book. I kept wanting to know about St Vier, and I know he's in the previous book but I think she could have added a little more on his part. I also found that the ending was rather abrupt, but I loved it even if it left some questions unanswered. But as usual, I'm being very picky and critical. This is one of my favourite books and I love it. (hide spoiler)]
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Over all, I thought it was a pretty decent book. But here's where I get knit picky>
Liked:-how the characters matured and changed -how Ash and Kai cOver all, I thought it was a pretty decent book. But here's where I get knit picky>
Liked:-how the characters matured and changed -how Ash and Kai changed each other (and fell in love!) -sex was good, could have been more -the setting (sci-fi western with magic) -vivid imagery -good action scenes, cold have more -information was given in such a way that I didn't feel lectured
Disliked:-it felt like the Gods got in the way of the story -the language didn't seem appropriate for Kai -in the middle I got a bit board -more info about magic and the government would have been good -some of the characteristics from the beginning just disappeared -I wanted to know more about Ash -(view spoiler)[I felt like the Gods were worked up but weren't that big of a deal, pretty much nothing happened with the first two, in retrospect (hide spoiler)] -(view spoiler)[more info about what happened between the Gods, how they got to be immortals and I felt that although we spent time with Chiel, he wasn't much of a character (hide spoiler)]
I would recommend it to anyone who likes: magic, m/m, adventure (not enough romance for a straight forward romance book)
One of the BEST books I have ever read!!! I have have read pretty much every type of book there is and am very picky about my historical fiction and aOne of the BEST books I have ever read!!! I have have read pretty much every type of book there is and am very picky about my historical fiction and adventure but let me tell you, this was good. The best part about this book is that after you read the rest of the series(or whats published) you love the first book more and more without hating any of the following books.The one thing I have to say is that despite the amazing story and characters and historical accuracy, sometimes it feels like the author is coddling the reader. But thats okay. Its not enough to actually be annoying. This book doesn't plague the reader with detais and history. I highly recommend it....more