At least the write-up on here is honest about the length of this - just over 100 pages - even if the Kindle version is padded out with a couple of chaAt least the write-up on here is honest about the length of this - just over 100 pages - even if the Kindle version is padded out with a couple of chapters of the next book. That's common practice, but a little disingenuous to then add it in to the overall length and make the original story seem longer than it actually is.
Anyway, on to the actual story rather than its packaging.
It's never good when my first thoughts are 'I really wanted to like this' but that's the case for this series. I have to be honest, I have had my fill of feisty first-person urban fantasy, only currently making an exception for Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series. While I liked aspects of this book, the main character didn't really seem 3-D enough, more a bunch of stereotypes thrown together without really fleshing them out. Same went for pretty much all of the other characters, with a quite heavy-handed romance storyline paying out much too quickly all things considered.
Yep, as I'm writing this I've just gone from 3 stars down to 2. Don't think I'll be back. ...more
**spoiler alert** This is the first book of a trilogy apparently first published in the 1980's and resurrected more recently to fit in with the whole**spoiler alert** This is the first book of a trilogy apparently first published in the 1980's and resurrected more recently to fit in with the whole urban fantasy vampire renaissance.
Where 'The Darkangel' differs from many of the books in that genre is that it's actually more traditional fantasy, being set in an indeterminate medieval landscape where our protagonist (Aeriel) is slave to a wealthy young woman who ends up being snatched by the eponymous darkangel to join his group of wives.
For some reason, after spending much of the beginning of the book angsting about how plain she is and how she could never get snatched in the same way, Aeriel then goes and gets herself some self-confidence building before she engineers another encounter with the darkangel. This time, she does get to join his wives, even if only as a servant to start with.
This is all about Aeriel's determination she can encourage the small spark of good left inside someone who is systematically kidnapping young women and turning them into wraiths. The writing is lyrical, very heavily influenced by fairy tales, and towards the end of this volume it does start to get a little wearing, as does Aeriel's certainty she can succeed. The series continues in 'A Gathering of Gargoyles' and I've yet to make my mind up whether I care enough to carry on......more
Another 'first in a series' book which I picked up because I'd heard good things about it. It's amazing how many of my reviews involve phrases which aAnother 'first in a series' book which I picked up because I'd heard good things about it. It's amazing how many of my reviews involve phrases which are a variation on 'I really wanted to like this book, but...'; I suppose it's good in some ways because it shows that I still believe writers can produce stuff I will love unreservedly, if only I could find it!
'The Iron King' is another of those reviews. There's a lot to like about it, with clearly a lot of thought going into the overall world-building even if the basic premise (teen is not who s/he thinks s/he is) has been written a thousand times before. The use of characters we 'know' from elsewhere is good, and not as predictable as it might have been, which to me shows quite a light hand from the author.
Meghan is our protagonist, discovering an unexpected heritage in the company of a variety of characters - unfortunately, the guy we immediately see she's supposed to fall for is the least well-written of all of them, which must be a bit of a trial. Who wants to be outdone by the Cheshire Cat, after all?
The series continues in 'The Iron Daughter' and I expect I'll probably pick it up at some point - for some reason, the whole thing didn't quite grab me in the way that (for example) the whole Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs has, but maybe my days of empathising with teenage girls are too far in the past and I prefer an adult with a little more agency?...more