I havent finished the book but will likely skip to the last chapters. This book could have been so much better than it was. i bought it on the basis oI havent finished the book but will likely skip to the last chapters. This book could have been so much better than it was. i bought it on the basis of several reviews describing it as "wonderful" and "a good romance" Well, it has all the depth of a Harlequin romance which should run about 180 ppg, 220 at the most.
For a book this long i expect indepth characteriations, two full-fledged characters, and realism in every facet if the story. How lucky that they wre rescued before their last bit of soap ran out and anna didndt have to go too long without shaving her legs! She complains of boredom early in the story- she's an English teacher! Cant she recite poems? Write knew ones? Continue TJ's education with what little knowledge she has? Neither decided to teach themselves the guitar to pass the time, even only 5 strings? What about Spirituality? I was shocked they saaid no words over the body of thhe dead pilot. Truly, I am practically a pagan, but where was God here? Living close to Nature and dependent on her to survive should have brought that out in these people. I'd think.And it would've added depth, for sure to discuss these existential questions. Hes a teenger- hehas them!
They werent overwhelmed by the return to the modern world? Alienated from the man-made and unnatural after years of living in the natural? nope, they just slurp down sweet tarts, doritos etc without gagging at the too sweet tastes, the fake flavors and hydrogenated oils. Scarf down rich steaak without bending over in cramps and diarrhea. The bright lights and hundreds of people don't faze them at all. After living outdoors for 3 years, they don't have a bit of claustrophobia about being indoors for days at a time? Right.... I think they wuold have refused to seperate, period.
Ana just seemed awfully passive and intellectully dull and emotionally simple. She stood around and wrung her hands a lot and worried inordinately about hygeine and maintaining those practices. Who was she lookng to impress! Worried about the legnth of her hair! Just braid it fool!Made her seem shallow, indeed. TJ was a much more dynamic character, not just bec of the inevitable changes of youth, but he does more. He initiates. And for a female author to imbue the male character with so much agency, is kind of backward. Megan Hart would have been so much better with the first 3/4 of the book. Rather than turmoil, she seemed to feel worry, rather than passion for TJ and true love, it was -habit, baby dreams and a desire for emotional security. And since I bet she's pregnant, thatll be the wway they get to at least stay in each other's lives.
Last thing. If I reaad through 2/3 of a book waiting for the slightly illicit sex, there needs to be sex. Not an encounter of 2 pages and later on a bit here and, a bit there with coy refernces to exactly what was being done. But then only a writer of graeater skill in that area would be able to portray a realistic loving yet sexual relationship without resorting to "I love you" and "boy, i couldnt ever live wth out you" as the primary dialogue about their feelings between the characters. I was really disappointed- the scenes werent really hot at all. ...more
Trying to slow down the finish bec I want to read the next book right before Sacrificial magic is available. Love it, love it- am crazy about this herTrying to slow down the finish bec I want to read the next book right before Sacrificial magic is available. Love it, love it- am crazy about this heroine. When you finish other series, or are waiting months for the next book to come out, you always fear- how am I going to find anything as good? That I connect to and with? That resonates with me? So glad I found this author and series....more
Though written 15 yrs ago, I think this book is perfectly polished as any of the later works,no apologies needed. And I agree with the writer's suggesThough written 15 yrs ago, I think this book is perfectly polished as any of the later works,no apologies needed. And I agree with the writer's suggestion to read the House Wars first 3 books first and then go back to Hunter duology.
These two books storylines are mostly quite different from the House Wars that the amount of retread is bearable. I am not a person who reads things more than twice, but I would consider reading this duology again. SO MANY of the things I didn't understand or seemed to have been kind of sloughed off in House Wars series make so much more sense now that I've read this book. I really like Stephen. I can see why all the ladies love him.
I also appreciate the more than ample time to get used to the fact that this character is going to die, and in an ugly way. But also that his death serves a purpose- several really, so that it's not in vain.
I must say that I dislike this Jewel intensely- devoid of grace, maturity and compassion and circumspection. Ditto, the other kids.She did an excellent job refining these characters in the House Wars books.
Though the story bears some resemblance to the other one about the ogre in terms of story arc- fighting, locked together in dungeons, abuse suffered oThough the story bears some resemblance to the other one about the ogre in terms of story arc- fighting, locked together in dungeons, abuse suffered on the higher caste lover's behalf, desire to simply leave and never see him again- I definitly enjoy the lack of torture and menace from townspeople and ogres with colon-splitting penises!
I dislike the cover artwork though I know it is Ms. Nunn's original work.
When I have money and inclination to read the second book, I will complete this one....more
This was one of the more accessible books, meaning, while grim, the story is going somewhere and seems less like horror for horror's sake. And make noThis was one of the more accessible books, meaning, while grim, the story is going somewhere and seems less like horror for horror's sake. And make no mistake my children, this is horror of the LKH Blake and Gentry series. More like Bleak Urban Paranormal Fiction. I have to give it to LSC for not making the demon afigure of unwilling fascination and sexuality. I'm so used to that trope in these books, that it is strange not to have it as an option here. I kept wanting to go there. But no, there is Good and there is Evil, and Perry is Evil.
I think the problem is that her lover, Saul is not drawn as as clearly or with the depth of Perry. She and Perry are in a struggle for her soul. Saul already has her heart; there is no drama, just contented home and hearth. When LS tried to inject uncertainty into their relationshp, a few books back, it just didn't work. It doesn't help that as a Were, he is no helpp with Hellbreed and that is Jill's primary enemy. He's Nelly and she's Dudly Do Wright always to his rescue. In this book, Saul is barely there. I'd like to have understood more about how she is training Gilberto and what that was like. Would have been interesting. It was nice that she got some help in the form of another hunter too.
No, the book is all about learning the truth about her first love Mikhail, Perry's machinations and Jill resisting an act which could damn her soul yet avenge her teacher. LSC never ties up all the strings, always leaves questions, so why Mikhail did what he did? W'll never know, likely.
You really need to read the preceding books in the series to get the importance of the events. However, i would skip Flesh Circus and Hunter's Prayer. Just too, too horrific.
Oh, and I thought this was the last JK book.Boy was i unhappily surprised to find there is one more, and it's not out for another4 months! Damn! ...more
Loved this book, loved the intro of Jack-shudder! Need I say more? Well, I suppose- I like this charactar and like following her through the other booLoved this book, loved the intro of Jack-shudder! Need I say more? Well, I suppose- I like this charactar and like following her through the other books. Now if she would finally follow-up with her book about Alex from tempted.I see him as Jack 15 years later....more