So, we read this as a group read because we didn't realize, at the start, that it was the end of a trilogy. Now, I have actually read Threshold on mySo, we read this as a group read because we didn't realize, at the start, that it was the end of a trilogy. Now, I have actually read Threshold on my own a few years back, but I've ever read Low Red Moon and some reviews say this is a more direct sequel to LRM.
I say that by way of explaining that I felt like I was missing some things. That there was information about the Children of the Cuckoo and the Hounds and the Bailiff that I was meant to already know which I didn't.
That said, I felt like I was able to follow the story well enough, but I did wonder if maybe it'd have some more depth, for me, if I had read the prior story.
Now that that's out of the way - to the story itself...
Mostly it just didn't work for me. Now, as I said, I'm not sure how much of that is because of the above, but I think some of it was just the story itself. We spend a lot of time with two different stories - that of Emmie and Soldier - and we know that they're going to come together, and they do piece by piece, but by the time they finally do come together there's only about 100 pages left to go, and it just felt like they spent far too long to get where we were going.
And then, when we finally got there, I can't say I was at all happy with the resolution - if you can even call it that, because if felt unresolved.
I wanted more from it. I wanted (view spoiler)[Bailiff to get some comeuppance (but I also sort of (view spoiler)[knew he wouldn't because I'm fairly certain the short story collection I read had Dancy take him out. And the vampires. And the ghuls. But I'd have to reread it to be sure. (hide spoiler)]) <- Spoiler for another book
I also really wanted Soldier to end up back with Deacon, and for the three of them to have some sort of dysfunctional unit.
I was sort of glad she got her childhood back - but considering she's still with the Hounds and Bailiff is still out there and all, it didn't really feel like any kind of real resolution, let alone happy ending. (Not that it has to have a *happy* ending, but with her staying there I feel like nothing's going to change.)
After all that time with the set-up, and then it feels sort of unresolved at the end - especially for the finale of a trilogy.
The only other comment I really had is that both Emmie and Soldier both have a really annoying habit of not letting other people talk - especially when other people are trying to explain something or tell them something. "Shut up, I don't want to hear it" or "this isn't even real" or whatever.
They did that thing where they're looking for answers and want to know "the truth", but then never want to let people fucking talk and actually tell them anything.
It was really fucking annoying.
I did think it was interesting, in a way, the way they were sort of similar, personality wise.
And I get that Emmie is (view spoiler)[part ghul, and that's meant to explain some of her weirdness (hide spoiler)], but I've never heard an 8-year-old curse so damn much.
I'm no slacker when it comes to cussing, but I did get tired of "fuck this, fuck that, and fuck every other fucking thing" every other fucking sentence.
A sort of fable about being careful what you wish for along with not wishing away your life. I thought it was a bit heavy-handed, and Harvey a bit tooA sort of fable about being careful what you wish for along with not wishing away your life. I thought it was a bit heavy-handed, and Harvey a bit too perfect and the ending wrapped up a bit too neatly, but the idea of the house and its servants was interesting.
I think I may have read this before, in my pre-goodreads days, because it seemed very familiar.
Not a bad short story to add to the Johannes Cabal series, but a bit thinner on the ground that many of the other stories - even the other short storiNot a bad short story to add to the Johannes Cabal series, but a bit thinner on the ground that many of the other stories - even the other short stories.