I loved the world created in the Kushiel series. I've only read the first 2 books, so far. The characters had such interesting personalities, great deI loved the world created in the Kushiel series. I've only read the first 2 books, so far. The characters had such interesting personalities, great depth, and well written dialogs. The story line provides so much intrigue, espionage and uniqueness that it kept me turning pages and involved in the world. Carey's combination of eroticism and spy thriller is fun and different.
I would recommend this book and series to fans of mystery, spy and thriller fiction, especially those who can enjoy the erotic elements and not cringe too much at sexual violence....more
This book focuses on the character Belgarath the Sorcerer from the Eddings Bellgriad series (and later the Malloreon and a couple other related titlesThis book focuses on the character Belgarath the Sorcerer from the Eddings Bellgriad series (and later the Malloreon and a couple other related titles). I personally loved this book and the series.
I read the Bellgraid and the Malloreon about 10 years ago now, so my memory isn't up to a synopsis of the series or anything, but I did highly enjoy them then, they still grace my shelves now, and I hope to reread them in the near future.
These books are great for the reader that enjoys fantasy series reading (so if you prefer a one off, try something else). They develop an amazing story and history that kept me engaged. The two series are intimately related/connected. The world is more of a high fantasy setting with magic and prophecies (lighter than Tolkien's writing, but more in depth than Anne McCaffrey's).
I would recommend this book to teens and adult readers of the Harry Potter series, Tolkien fans, and Pern fans....more
Harry Potter crossed with vampires and pagan spirituality, the House of Night series, starting here with Marked, is quite a fun and interesting seriesHarry Potter crossed with vampires and pagan spirituality, the House of Night series, starting here with Marked, is quite a fun and interesting series. I originally picked the first one up on a whim and have since purchased and read and reread these novels before passing them on to friends whom I hope will like them as much as I have.
My only disappointment lie in the fact that the books are so short. I would have happily waited a year between novels for the authors to combine two novels at a time. Perhaps now that the series has entered into Hardback status (an interesting threshold that seems to show the publishing industry has faith in you somehow), PC and Kristin Cast will begin to expand future novels for their hungry readers. ...more
I just finished this interesting, if not entirely well written story of vampires that don't follow the stereotypes, teenage angst, and hidden dangersI just finished this interesting, if not entirely well written story of vampires that don't follow the stereotypes, teenage angst, and hidden dangers that the establishment wants to ignore despite growing evidence. Lol... sounds like the author grew up in the 60's doesn't it?
I was not terribly happy with the writing style, as it felt like the author was suffering from ADD and kept jumping from scene to scene without any smooth transitions.
The story line and plot had more to offer thankfully. The author leads us into, yet another, alternative vampire mythology... (Twilight has it's sparkly, marble vamps, House of Night has it's magic, goddess called vamps, and now Blue Bloods gives us fallen angels, cursed to reincarnate until they find salvation).
Since I don't want to post spoilers or rehash the book jacket description, let's just say that teenage angst (a staple of popular culture) plays a major role. Add to that, reincarnating vamps/fallen angels seeking redemption, the mysterious deaths of young blue bloods/vamps (they're veins go all blue as they grow up into full vamps, and their blood is actually blue), a taboo evil that should only be a myth, and Schuyler, a blue blood who's more than she seems, and you get a decent plot that could lead to a possibly good series.
I'll give the sequel, as I'm sure there will be one, if it's not already out, a read before casting further judgement on the story. I hope that the writer's style improves, but if she can at least keep up the interesing storyline, she might still keep my attention....more
I enjoyed this book so much more than Blue Bloods. The writing still wasn't everything I would hope it to be, but the story has progressed well and waI enjoyed this book so much more than Blue Bloods. The writing still wasn't everything I would hope it to be, but the story has progressed well and was able to pull me into it much more. I do hate the image the author is painting for young women though, as the Blue Bloods are described as extremely beautiful, extremely thin (at one point someone mentions they look Anorexic)... but I guess shapeless sticks are still in style, and girls are just going to have to learn that stick figures don't equate beauty and aren't for everyone.
I hope the writer's style continues to develop and that we see more in the future....more