I really liked this story. Morgan and Amalie are great leads, even though I sometimes worried she was going to become TSTL or mewling. She didn't. She...moreI really liked this story. Morgan and Amalie are great leads, even though I sometimes worried she was going to become TSTL or mewling. She didn't. She reasoned things out and came to correct conclusions almost every time. And had incredible faith in Morgan.
Usually I know pretty much how a story is going to work itself out. There may be a few surprises here and there, but mostly I know the path it's going to go. I really didn't know what was going to happen next with this, and yet, every part of the story was organic. One thing led logically to the next, even though I couldn't predict each step. It was nice to see that, since romance writers often think they're 'changing things up' when they add in bizarre plot twists. Often the most believable thing can still be surprising and it's always the most satisfying.
I liked revisiting the other characters. Connor, Wentworth, Iain, Annie, Joseph, the Rangers. My one complaint is that Clare doesn't seem to have written any more of this series, and I'm needing more. Grrr.
In any case, I'm glad I took my fellow readers' advice and started reading Pamela Clare's excellent books. I'm going to keep going, and hoping for the next installment in the MacKinnon saga because there are several stories still to be told.
I definitely recommend Clare for people who want a refreshing historical with plenty of adventure and a bit of intrigue. I will read her contemporaries as well since they are also highly recommended by my fellow booklovers. I don't expect to be disappointed. (less)
This one lives up to the hype. A very good, romantic story in a unique setting.
I love historical romance, and I'm not bothered by the typical location...moreThis one lives up to the hype. A very good, romantic story in a unique setting.
I love historical romance, and I'm not bothered by the typical locations/time frames. I like Regencies just fine, for example. But this story is set in the colonial American frontier and has a real "Last of the Mohicans" vibe, which is really a refreshing change. And, no, the hero wasn't a secret duke, either.
Iain MacKinnon and Lady Anne Campbell are really nice leads. I liked the way their romance progressed, although it certainly happened quickly. Their chemistry was very good and their moments of mistake and/or misunderstanding were not TSTL, but usually manipulated by an outside force, or by their own desire to save the other pain.
The featured and side characters were very good. The villain was awful and nasty and dealt with nicely. There's an anti-hero that I want to hate, but Clare keeps pulling the rug out from under that one, and I really don't know what to expect from him in the future. Which is a good thing, I think.
I did have a problem with a couple of parts. There was something in particular that Iain did that I thought was not a good plan, considering the laws and his desire to protect Annie. But it was a minor speed bump, really.
The battle scenes were difficult to read, mainly because they were well-told. A horrible loss due to an arrogant general -- I just wanted to reach through the pages and strangle the man myself.
My biggest problem with this book is not at all the fault of the author or the story. It's the Kindle version. There was a typo in every other paragraph, I swear. Misspelled words and missing or misplaced punctuation. How am I supposed to keep my mind on the story if I'm translating the whole time. What does "recatt" mean? Well, it means "recall" when spelled properly. So many things were like that. The most annoying one was the word "lain". Consistently it was replaced with the hero's name: "Iain". You look at them here and say -- why would that bother her? Well, the font doesn't make the "i" and the "L" look the same, so it's very clearly the man's name rather than a version of "lay". Okay -- that was a rant. But seriously, you could probably make a comedy album reading the typos in this thing. Shoddy, shoddy work.
However, the story surpasses that problem and I don't know if the PB is typo-riddled, so you might consider buying that if you think translating occasional nonsense words might bother you.
Now, I'm on to the next in the series, "Untamed", and looking forward to it.
ETA: The reason I didn't give this one five stars was because of the odd blip I mentioned above and also because I thought she padded the story with a few unnecessary sex scenes. They're well written, but a couple of them are unnecessary, and I actually skimmed over them. I can think of two that truly enhanced the story, but the others, IMO, were superfluous. (less)
I like this series. Much of it stretches belief, but it's suspenseful, romantic and exciting, so I can handle that.
This third installment had a few pr...moreI like this series. Much of it stretches belief, but it's suspenseful, romantic and exciting, so I can handle that.
This third installment had a few problems for me, though. To be honest, I was disappointed with the sex. No, not because there wasn't enough of it. Because it was there. It seemed wrong in the context and I thought the hero should have waited until there were no secrets between them. It took some of the romance away and felt like it was the author fulfilling a quota.
The story line was creepy, which was a good thing, but recovery from some experiences seemed pretty farfetched. That's a little pet peeve of mine. I really can't see any of these people going on to live anything even close to a normal life after what happened to them, particularly the chemical effects and head games. Again, I'm willing to suspend disbelief, but I know that whenever I see those characters in future installments (if there are any), I'm going to think "that one's going to go off one day."
In any case, Ethan and Shea are a nice couple. Ethan is a good, tortured hero. The reveal of their pasts is done well and the story is put together nicely.
I think what I like most about this series is that the books have a structure that feels a little different from what I'm used to. She has been using the same template, though, and it would be nice to see the next one shake that up a little bit.
So, in closing, I recommend this series. It's not anything totally new, but the action is well-described and exciting, the romance is believable and the heroes and heroines are likable. I think people will enjoy it.(less)
I enjoyed reading this book. It's not as light-hearted as what I've been reading the past week, but it's a pretty good angst/love story.
The last few...moreI enjoyed reading this book. It's not as light-hearted as what I've been reading the past week, but it's a pretty good angst/love story.
The last few chapters are absurd, however, for the TSTL, knee-jerk actions of the protagonists, and that was annoying. It seemed like neither had learned a thing in all the drama of their lives. Rather immature behavior, as well as extremely hurtful. And could have been solved by a couple of questions and even moderately cool heads.
Still, I was rooting for the couple and the action was good. The set up for a series was effective and I've already started the next installment.
So, I recommend it, but don't look for anything new. In fact, the whole misunderstanding/rash response is one of the oldest tricks in the romance category so be prepared. Good chemistry between the main characters saves the book, and makes me recommend it.(less)
This is the third in Megan Whalen Turner's "Queen's Thief" series and it's many people's favorite. It's an amazing book. If you've read the first two...moreThis is the third in Megan Whalen Turner's "Queen's Thief" series and it's many people's favorite. It's an amazing book. If you've read the first two books of the series -- The Thief and The Queen of Attolia -- you might think nothing can surprise you, but you'll be wrong.
And I highly recommend reading these books in order. It enhances the experience immeasurably. Those who have read them out of order always say they wish they hadn't because each story sets up the next one so eloquently.
Each of these books is a fairly quick read. What will take time is you going back to reread all the wonderful dialogue and starting over at the beginning to catch every little bit you might have missed.
I'm such a fangirl of this series it's embarrassing. Turner takes years in between books, but they really do seem to be worth the wait. The next in the series is coming out in spring of 2010. Needless to say, I can't wait.
If you have teenagers who love to read -- especially girls -- this fantasy series might be a good bet. Especially if you've had your fill of sparkly vampires.
Just a quick review since I left a gushing one for The Thief which is the book that begins this outrageously wonderful YA series by Megan Whalen Turne...moreJust a quick review since I left a gushing one for The Thief which is the book that begins this outrageously wonderful YA series by Megan Whalen Turner.
This book could easily be spoiled, so I won't say much. It's darker than its predecessor, but the payoff is excellent. Exciting, suspenseful and emotional, it's the first book I literally walked around the house reading while continuing to try to do my chores. I could not put it down.
While The Thief is told in the first person, this one is told in the third person from a couple of different POVs. The switch works well, considering the progression of the story line.
Yes ... I do love this series. Yes ... I do want you to read it.
This is one of my favorite book series. It was one of those odd things where a book cover just grabs you and you just have to buy it. I'm so glad I di...moreThis is one of my favorite book series. It was one of those odd things where a book cover just grabs you and you just have to buy it. I'm so glad I did.
I read The Thief a couple of years ago and I'm not exaggerating when I say that I always leave all three books in this trilogy out and accessible for a quick fix. They sit on my desk and they don't get moved unless I pick them up to read them. I'm so thrilled they've come out in e-book form because I miss them when I travel.
It's actually kind of difficult to get people to read this series for some reason. Maybe because it's not a romance -- or rather it's not an obvious romance -- and the first book is written in the POV of a young teen. A thirteen-year-old boy (age is a guess -- we're never told) named Gen tells the story and he's a great narrative character.
But it's so worth reading them. But don't looking at the back covers. Seriously, you do NOT want to be spoiled with these books. The twists and surprises are excellent.
This is the first book of Turner's YA Queen's Thief series, followed by The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia.
It's actually a quick read if you sit down to it. Her self-created mythology is engaging, and challenging. Some have said they had trouble 'getting into it.' To that I can only say 'stick with it.' If you read all three books, I can nearly guarantee you'll want to go back and start over at The Thief to see all the subtle clues as to what was going to happen later.
Um ... have I mentioned I really love this series? ;^)(less)