Third book in the "Hellcat" series comes through with just as much excitement and action as the first two.
Gabi is on break from the SMV but with The...moreThird book in the "Hellcat" series comes through with just as much excitement and action as the first two.
Gabi is on break from the SMV but with The City mostly quiet since they took down Jason King and his budding werewolf mercenary army, but there is something simmering under the lid, Trish is working on something for Julius and Julius himself has become almost overprotective. But that quiet is shattered by the arrival of Crispin, a vampire that was turned by Julius's sire Simone. Crispin has an agenda, and it certainly involves Gabi, but he is willing to align himself with Julius, and just in time, for the ruling council of the Vampires, the Princeps, have come demanding Gabi and Julius "present" themselves to answer charges that could be the end of them all.
A very tautly constructed book with plenty of intrigue and twists and action galore. It I was also nice that the secondary characters are not pushed aside and have there own stories still being evolved as the series goes on. The only thing that I didn't like was the cliffhanger ending, but I always hate endings that leave open or start new threads without any attempt at resolution, I think the introduction of what might happen next could have been done more cleanly.(less)
This is *the* book, you know, the one all those clues Ms. McGuire has been pointing us at for so many years, even if many times I, at least, didn't kn...moreThis is *the* book, you know, the one all those clues Ms. McGuire has been pointing us at for so many years, even if many times I, at least, didn't know I was getting clues about. This book has all of the things that makes the October Daye series one of those that I can not wait for the next book to be released for - There is the sly humor and the moments that have me laughing as well as the ones that have me biting my cheek in worry and of course non-stop action that makes all of Ms. McGuires books such a page turner for me. But just as important is how Toby has grown and how she now views her world and the people who love her.
The book starts on one of those fun moments with Tybalt, Quentin, May and Jazz trying to get Toby to go to the Yule ball at the Queen of the Mists -Arden's- Knowe. "I don't like parties. Someone always tries to assassinate someone I actually like, and there are never enough of those stuffed mushroom caps." Of course Tybalt has his way and they go. But it is after the ball that things heat up with the return of Toby's greatest enemy, or the person she thinks is, and the revelations that come after that shake her world. The action, and Toby, barely slow down and while so many questions are answered so many others still remain. I am so glad we will see more of Toby in the future!(less)
I think this has to be one of the best books in the series. I was not a big fan of her last book, Seawitch, it felt slow and plodding and while it int...moreI think this has to be one of the best books in the series. I was not a big fan of her last book, Seawitch, it felt slow and plodding and while it introduced two new fantasy "creatures" to the lexicon it had a very side show feel to it. On the other hand Possession was a great book to read, maybe I just like my mysteries a bit more on land or more tangible but Possession hit all the right notes for me.
A woman approaches Harper, in Phoebe's (Harper's old friend) bookstore, her sister is in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) but has been convulsively painting eerie scenes over and over again. When Harper goes to see the woman she gets paint lobbed in her eye disturbing her ability to see the normal but realizes the woman is possessed by a ghost, and many ghosts stand around her. Harper's investigation turns up 2 other cases of PVS, something that is incredibly rare, and realizes there is something darker going on.
But as she tries to tackle this Quinton's father rears his very ugly head and tries to use her to make Quinton "fall back into the fold" something Quinton has vowed not only not to do, but to bring his father and his father's cronies down.
Between the two plots the book moves at a good pace and not only do we see Harper grow, but we watch her fail and get back up and try again, one of the things that keeps me coming back to the books. She is a very realistic heroine not all kick ass and full of it and herself, or so unsure of herself that she can't move forward, and Quinton is an enigma that I have enjoy learning about.
It took me a few days to get over the end of this series, something that only the best series or the best books can do. And although I'm sad to see th...moreIt took me a few days to get over the end of this series, something that only the best series or the best books can do. And although I'm sad to see them go I'm more than pleased at the way Ms. Buroker finished it all off, all the niggling little threads tied up, monsters from the past that haunted our protagonists dreams brought back and vanquished, characters from tie in novels making their appearance with all their quirks, and of course love both real and unrequited ... Well that would be a spoiler so I will just say read the book.
The book is once again told from Amaranthe's and Sicarius' point of view and while a great portion of the book takes place with them separated after the circumstances at the end of the last book, it wasn't as distracting for me as it seems to have been for other readers. I didn't read the book for the romance that underpinned the tale, but it did give some non-action related drama. And action aplenty there was with all of Ms. Buroker's great attention to detail and place. The story veered all over Stumps from train to plane to steam lorry from rooftop to submarine to barracks to warehouse to palace and pretty much everywhere in between. There is much introspection both on Amaranthe's and Sicarius' part and we see the human side of Sicarius, vulnerable due to love of Amaranthe and Sespian but still the deadly side of him as he is twisted and used and the fine amalgamation of both as he is restored to being his own man. There are emotional highs and lows that go with all of the action. Some moments that made me smile and a few that made me cry but they all come together to make an excellent ending to the series.
Definitely a favorite book and series. Not every book was great bit the overall concept and execution over the seven books was a winner for me.(less)
A new start to a dark urban fantasy series filled with your usual mash of characters - a brooding mage, poorly understood by his fellows, in unrequite...moreA new start to a dark urban fantasy series filled with your usual mash of characters - a brooding mage, poorly understood by his fellows, in unrequited love with the lovely woman or in this case elf that works for him, the hulking friend who is wise and loyal beyond his looks and those who oppose him and want to see him taken down. I wanted to really like this book but I just couldn't, unlike some books I've read it didn't hook me and I didn't try to find extra time to get a few pages in here and there.
For those who like drama heaped upon drama this book has it in spades and it was one of those things that made it mediocre for me. It seemed everywhere Gage turns there is trouble. Trouble from the mages - trouble from Trixie, even though she doesn't mean it, trouble from the local gangs, that somehow, up to this point have left him alone and trouble from the guild and the enforcers that control his trade. I found it hard to comprehend that Gage had run a shop for so long running under the radar only to have everything explode on him in a week and then have 60 percent of it all cleared up in one or two nights. Maybe I'm getting burnt out on the genre but this just seemed like something very middle of the road for me it wasn't a bad book, it was written well, the fight scenes were well done as was the unveiling of the overall story, but it just didn't keep my attention enough to want to read any more in the series.(less)
A novella apparently set in the world of Elantris. Shai is a forger, someone who's talent at creating stamps that rewrite the history of an object, or...moreA novella apparently set in the world of Elantris. Shai is a forger, someone who's talent at creating stamps that rewrite the history of an object, or more disturbingly a person. These stamps are more correctly called soul stamps because in this world everything from a person to a window, has a soul. Shai has been caught thieving (something else she is good at) at the imperial palace, betrayed while exchanging a priceless painting for a forgery. Schedule for execution she is given a sudden reprieve by the arbiters of the emperor, the 5 most powerful people in the empire, the emperor's advisors. There was an assassination attempt on the emperor and empress and although the emperor lives his soul has been severely damaged, if not destroyed and in exchange for her life Shai is charged with making a new soul for the emperor, something that should take years that she has to do in 100 days. Not only does that seem impossible but she has to plan her escape as well, because she know they won't let her leave alive once she is done.
The novella follows Shai as she weaves the intricate magic to create the soul stone and the elderly arbiter Gaotona, who was the Emperor's best friend. As in every novel that I have read of his Sanderson creates an utterly engaging and believable magic system and world with enjoyable characters and plot. I found it hard to put the novella down and wished there was more, maybe we will meet Shai again, I wouldn't mind seeing what she does next, but until then I need to finish Elantris.(less)
Okay, while this certainly wasn't a great book, and might be argued whether or not it was really a "good" book it did bring a lot of the plot elements...moreOkay, while this certainly wasn't a great book, and might be argued whether or not it was really a "good" book it did bring a lot of the plot elements that CH had developed to an end. And for that alone, the fact that so much was resolved this gets a 3 star rating. I think that so many people had so much invested in Eric that any book that showed him in less of a light than the early Sookie books did was going to annoy and alienate them, for me it wasn't that Eric was perhaps, sold into slavery, it was the fact that Eric was in a way emasculated in the final three books that irritated me. Also that Sookie was turned from a carefree (okay airhead) waitress with an amazing ability that she had a hard time dealing with, to what amounted to a bitter woman finding fault with nearly everyone and everything that didn't live just to serve her needs, that has been a constant source of irritation in the later books. Really how much can one person do to sabotage their own life and loves? As for who she ends up with... well I don't know what books people have been reading when they say they were shocked and surprised but I saw that coming from 10 books back, maybe even 12. Still I'm glad that I read the book (although some of it was only skimming it was pretty ho hum reading) and more over I'm glad I can put Sookie to rest knowing that finally she made a good choice.(less)