It seems to me that readers of this book either love it, like five-star love it, or they hate it, like Where-is-half-a-star-for-this-tripe-hate it.
IIt seems to me that readers of this book either love it, like five-star love it, or they hate it, like Where-is-half-a-star-for-this-tripe-hate it.
I think the concept of this story is spot-on. I love this, this young female assassin is captured and forced into slavery in salt mines for punishment. She's a rogue, and she's brave, and she's snarky, and she bows to no one. Man I love her already, tell me more. Okay, so in exchange for her freedom she has to match assassin skills with the best of the best in the land for the Prince's personal bodyguard. Nice. I'm still listening.
Then I read it.
I can't with this. First of all, the reader is never brought to her battles. We're never shown her prowess as an assassin, or really how she became such a clever one, we're just told it. A lot. There are a lot of reminders of what she COULD do, but she never does.
She's eighteen? A very young eighteen. I want to believe that eighteen year old girls throughout literature and history aren't ALL the same. For instance, why would this amazing warrior-like ex-slave who has worked in salt mines be so...teenagery? Where does she have the privilege to be so spoiled? Or care what boys think? Why does she even care about boys? Her training is assassination and protection, no? And boys. Can we please have a strong female lead that doesn't have to choose constantly between Boy A and Boy B? One is a prince and he likes me and he reads and can lend me books. But one is a warrior and is hot and is my mentor. I'm so over this.
I don't know, I just totally missed the boat on this one. My fandom heart has lots of room for more, but this one was just silly, fan-ficcy, and needed better writing. ...more
This book was a suggestion through my library Overdrive app. It was like the person at college who matches up roommates based on profiles they fill ouThis book was a suggestion through my library Overdrive app. It was like the person at college who matches up roommates based on profiles they fill out finally gets it right. What a nice match!
A "freak" in her time (which is also my time) because she's a science experiment baby, child prodigy, youngest FBI agent, etc etc Kendra Donovan watches her team get slaughtered in an FBI bust. She is severely injured, lands herself in the hospital and therapy for months, and vows to seek revenge on the traitor who is now "turncoat" for the FBI. She follows him to England as a rogue and plans to kill him. She gets caught up in an old castle that is the catalyst for her time travel to 1805 England.
Okay so I'm a sucker for time travel. And heroines who don't need a man to rescue them, but would rather break the perp's face themselves and fight him. And she does. She uses her modern-day Quantico training in serial killer profiling to track a murderer who is terrorizing a house party on the castle grounds. But Kendra is a strange woman who isn't an invited lady, and she isn't a maid, and she isn't a companion, and she isn't really anything, stuck in a time when labels and positions are everything. Imagine a title-less female trying to interrogate a duke. Scandal!
Since Kendra is used to being out of place in 2016 America, she just needs to get used to being a freak in 1805 England. An outspoken female from America with a short haircut, vulgar mannerisms, and no regards to their rules. I like this girl.
I'm going to try to read this again later when I have a better frame of mind for it. It wasn't at all what I was expecting so I couldn't stay with it.I'm going to try to read this again later when I have a better frame of mind for it. It wasn't at all what I was expecting so I couldn't stay with it. It was about 15% when I decided to give it up. Also....plot holes everywhere just in the first 15%.
One, GRRM had anything to do with it. Two, for Rothfuss's "The Lightning Tree", which I can't recommend unlesI wanted this anthology for two reasons.
One, GRRM had anything to do with it. Two, for Rothfuss's "The Lightning Tree", which I can't recommend unless you've read the Kingkiller Chronicles first.
Well, I suppose "The Lightning Tree" would be okay on its own, with no former knowledge of Bast or who/what he is, or his Reshi, and you'd be..okay. Just okay. But first, get some KKC knowledge from Rothfuss, 2000 pages worth of knowledge that is, then you'll like it better. Also...did not disappoint. The entire anthology was worth it just for that story.
The final story, a nice little timeline of Targaryen happenin's was fine too. I have missed reading ol' George. May need to visit Westeros again.
Those two stories, and then the forward at the very beginning, were pretty much the only reason to find this anthology. It was a terrible collection. Let me think if there were any other redeeming stories.
Ummm...I showed some interest in the band instrument hijacking one. Not enough to find that author and read anything else, but to read that one story.
The ghostly weird Sherlock-Holmesy one...with the dead wives or hypnosis or whatever, that was very good as well. I should actually put that story up with the Rothfuss and Martin ones.
Okay, so three redeeming stories and a good forward. And that's about it.
I did at least *begin* all of the stories, to give them a fair shot. I only finished four stories. ...more