I remember when I read The List of Seven in high school, and I found the book to be completely fascinating. I kept me on the edge of my seat and once...moreI remember when I read The List of Seven in high school, and I found the book to be completely fascinating. I kept me on the edge of my seat and once I picked it up I did not want to put it down. I absolutely loved Jack Sparks. So when I happened upon this book I was quite excited about it. Needless to say I was left somewhat disappointed. There was something about this book that I found not quite as engaging as the first book. It took me a bit longer to really get into it, and I thought it started out slow, and had some lulling moments for me.
But with that being said, it did start to pick more as I went a long and had some of the same elements that I remember loving so much in the first book. The characters were fascinating, and the story intriguing, and it did leave me wondering what was going to happen next.
So not a bad read, but there was just something the first book had that was lacking here. (less)
In comparison with the first book I have to say I found this book a bit disappointing. It did not quite live up to my expectation. I think part of the...moreIn comparison with the first book I have to say I found this book a bit disappointing. It did not quite live up to my expectation. I think part of the problem was the fact that the first book had ended upon such a high and suspenseful note I was in anticipation to see what would happen next, only to find that this book was not a continuation of the first but more of a prequel going back in time.
At the onset I did not find this book to be as captivating as the first, and to me it did not seem as if the story was quite as complex, or the characters as well developed. The story did start off rather slowly and the first half of it or so read a bit like a rune of the mill, dime a dozen paranormal romance (and I was expecting more from this author) in which little happened but the erotic exploits of Maeniel whom while I really enjoyed in the first book fell a little flat for me in this book.
Though as the story advanced it did become more engaging, and it picked up more and I loved the character of Lucius whom became one of my favorites within the book.
One of the things which I most enjoyed about this book was the information provided on the fashion and dress of Ancient Rome, I really liked those bits of historic trivia which the author offered. (less)
I was left with some conflicted feelings about this book. Though on the whole I would say that I enjoyed reading it. It was not quite as good as I wou...moreI was left with some conflicted feelings about this book. Though on the whole I would say that I enjoyed reading it. It was not quite as good as I would have hoped for.
In a sense it seems as if Yarbro takes a similar approach to the vampire as Anne Rice does, in humanizing the vampire and exploring human feelings within vampires, turning it into an unexpected hero, yet without making the vampire too shall we say fluffy or sparkly. But I feel that Yarbro lacks the psychological depth of Rice's writing, and so for me the character of Satin-Germain was not vividness. In some ways the characters of the book felt too shallow and did not come alive enough for me.
There were some elements in the book that seemed like a touch back to Bram Stocker's Dracula which I did appreciate. Also I enjoyed the historical angle. I find the legend of Saint-Germain to be an interesting one, and I enjoyed the idea of retelling it as a vampire.
There were moments when I feared this book would descend into too much of a paranormal romance for my preferred taste but I think that Yarbro did a good job of not deviling too much into the romantic plot and still kept an interesting story outside of the romance going.
One of the biggest disappointments for me in this book was that Saint-Germain seemed a bit too human, other then the fact that you are told he is a vampire, and a few subtle hints, there really was not much about him that felt very vampirc, he seemed to lack certain powers and abilities that one expects to find within vampires. Though it was an original as well as a bit more of a realistic take, I myself wanted a bit more of a supernatural element. I do like how Yarbro played with some of the common folkloric myths about vampires in this book. (less)