**spoiler alert** Overall, I would consider this book a success. However, I do have some issues. Firstly the romantic relationship between Fire and Br**spoiler alert** Overall, I would consider this book a success. However, I do have some issues. Firstly the romantic relationship between Fire and Brigan took too long come to light, it was always there is the background but it was not anything like great passionate love decribed Katsa and Po's story in Graceling.
Secondly, why is it that Kristin Cashore's heroines hate themselves and in turn refuse to have children. I consider myself a feminist at heart, so I love to see a story about a strong, independent and powerful heroine. However, I believe that Cashore believes that a woman cannot be strong and independant if they get married or have children. Both Katsa and Fire do not get married. Katsa outwardly refuses to marry Po, while Fire just never bring up the issue of marriage to Brigan. However both couples are described as being great loves. Additionally, why do these heroines hate the idea of having children of their own. I know that Cashore describes it as a fear that these children will be evil or will not live good lives because of the powers they are likely to yield, yet I find this to be an unfulfilling explanation. Especially considering that Fire realized later on in the story that eventhough her father was "evil", she herself was not evil. Therefore, one would have expected that she would have realized that any monster babies she would have would not necessarily be evil. BUT NO, Fire in her infinite wisdom decides to take a concoction/herbs that would permanently prevent her from having children and then proceeds to cry over the fact that everyone else is pregnant and she never would be. I find it very sad that these character never are fully happy or feel that they need to make these sacrifices. I just hope that Cashore does not continue this tragic pattern of a heroine who never wishes to marry or have children in Bitterblue. ...more
What is it about romantic stories about vampire and werewolf couples, first Lucien and Sonia, partly Selene and Michael Corvin, Styx and Darcy, and noWhat is it about romantic stories about vampire and werewolf couples, first Lucien and Sonia, partly Selene and Michael Corvin, Styx and Darcy, and now Jagr and Regan. There may have been a great deal of stories before Darkness Unleashed but the story of Jagr and Regan was just perfect. To have a glimpse of the inner thoughts and feelings of two people who had been tortured for years but who were now experiencing the need to be with someone else or to care so much for someone else, was extremely touching. There is just something heart wrenching about a man (whether and undead man) who feels strongly enough for a woman that he will let her go, eventhough he suffers because of it. Yes, it was sad that it took Regan so long to realize how much she needed and loved Jagr because it caused him so much pain. However, thanks to Alexandra Ivy, alls well that ends well. Ivy even gave us a glimpse at a very interesting and potention future main character in the form of Tane, an extremely strong Polynesian vampire assasin who rocked a mohawk and is in dire need of his own stubborn and independent mate. However, Tane's story cannot come before Salvatore is brought down a peg by his own mate, Harley (I'm assuming Darcy's other "twin" sister)....more