Loved this story, well-written and engaging. I don't love how fast the two mains were suddenly in love with one another, but it's overall a great stor...moreLoved this story, well-written and engaging. I don't love how fast the two mains were suddenly in love with one another, but it's overall a great story. On to the sequel!(less)
Without spoilers, I can say that I was disappointed in this volume of the series. Not only was the ending a bummer but the whole premise of this last...moreWithout spoilers, I can say that I was disappointed in this volume of the series. Not only was the ending a bummer but the whole premise of this last installment left me a little "meh" at best.(less)
I LOVED this book. The different worlds, from ancient Greece to present day Oxford and all over the world, are so vibrantly described you feel like yo...moreI LOVED this book. The different worlds, from ancient Greece to present day Oxford and all over the world, are so vibrantly described you feel like you're right there. This was definitely an example of a book that sucked me in from the very first line. Possibly because I love books that are set in England at some point, but in this case, that was only icing on the cake.
The main characters in both time periods are strong, interesting, amazing women, so that was awesome too. I loved the history, I loved the mystery, I loved the voice and the language. (less)
I was immediately drawn to this book because it seemed, finally, I had found a vampire novel that was not pulp, literary fiction with vampires as the...moreI was immediately drawn to this book because it seemed, finally, I had found a vampire novel that was not pulp, literary fiction with vampires as the main characters. I judged the present by the packaging, and I'm happy to report that in this case it paid off. I loved that this book was so full of rich language, eloquent writing, and fully rounded characters, not more vampire cliches and character tropes. It was nice to see an author who dealt with "fantasy" subject matter with the high regard of "literature."
I'm always interested to see how the vampire myths are interpreted, and what rules the author will give to their world of vampires. Karl and Kristian and their kind are not bothered by many of the things other vampires are -- they can be out during the day, for example -- but the underlying rules that govern their existence make this make sense in a very beautiful and totally unique way (no spoilers!), one of those tying-ups at the end of a novel that the author has led up to so well but that you never see coming and it just sort of staggers you with how perfect it is.
I loved some of the secondary vampire characters, I can't wait to see more of them in the second book.
It was interesting to see the human characters reacting to and dealing with the sudden presence of vampires with such realistic emotions. So often in vampire novels, the human characters accept the fact of these supernatural creatures with, honestly, a fair amount of ease. It makes sense in the context of the stories, I think, because you'd have to have the human characters acccept it relatively quickly or else you'd never be able to get on with the story. This book had both reactions -- Charlotte, because she's the main character, develops a love for Karl that helps her to bridge the belief gap. Her family, however, are watching it all from the outside, and it was interesting to see what would actually probably be a much more probably response to some murdering stranger telling you he was a vampire.
I wish we'd seen more of Edward, but maybe he'll come back in the next book.
There were several parts that I thought were overdoing it a bit. There were plot threads that could have been cut without missing the rest of the story, and because of that, even though the writing was engaging and I was always involved with the story, there were times when I found myself thinking that certain parts were odd, meandering paths that contributed to a feeling of the book sometimes doing too many things at once.
It was a good book, strong characters, enchanting story. I'm looking forward to reading the author's other works.(less)
I really liked this book. I just finished watching the first season of Copper on BBC, and this book is set in the same time and place, Five Points, Ne...moreI really liked this book. I just finished watching the first season of Copper on BBC, and this book is set in the same time and place, Five Points, New York, just after the Civil War. There are actually a lot of really striking similarities, which made me wonder if the makers of the show drew any inspiration, or vice versa. I'm not actually sure which came first.
The story is about Tim Wilde and his brother Valentine, who are both copper stars on the newly-created New York City Police Force. Tim comes across a dead kinchin-mab (child prostitute), and it turns him from a regular beat walker into a detective, trying to find out who killed the child and unravel all the cords that end up being tied to the mystery.
The relationship between the brothers was a great aspect of the book. Valentine is a cocky, colorful bastard, and yet you love him a little bit, just like all his followers do. And Tim hates him so much, and yet they obviously both love each other.
Towards the middle of the book I started suspecting certain characters, who did end up having an involvement in the killings. But the end was a total surprise. My heart was in my throat for a while towards the end as well, but I was not disappointed. There was happiness and angst, which is a perfect combination.
I read this book fast, devoured it over a weekend. I can't wait to look for her other books, she is a great writer with a terrific feel for dialogue and characterization and world building, which is so important in historical fiction. (less)