Damn, actually I wanted to write a proper review for once but working on university stuff kinda prevented me and now it feels like it's been ages sinc...moreDamn, actually I wanted to write a proper review for once but working on university stuff kinda prevented me and now it feels like it's been ages since I finished Luck in the Shadows. So this is a shortie like always.
Things I Liked: - the book is easy too read, but the plot is complex, intriguing and gripping - Alec and Seregil are wonderful characters, whom I want to know more and more about. I wonder if they'll become lovers... - the 'minor' characters (which you cannot really call minor, especially Nysander I think) are also pretty awesome. Nysander is fascinating while Micum and his family are adorable!) - great worldbuilding
Things I Didn't Like (That Much): - it was a bit dragging at times, but the good things totally made up for that! - I guess there were some minor things I disliked apart from the dragging, but I can't remeber so they can't have been that bad :D(less)
Unfortunately I put down reading Stalking Darkness somewhere in the middle and started/read other books, so I cannot make a proper review (again) and...moreUnfortunately I put down reading Stalking Darkness somewhere in the middle and started/read other books, so I cannot make a proper review (again) and this is going to be a bit fragmented (again): [Spoilers!]
Things I Liked: - the plot is thickening and it's wonderful to read how the questions raised in Luck in the Shadows are answered in Stalking Darkness and also how new ones are raised... - Alec and Seregil remain wonderful! They grow closer and we learn more and more about Seregil's relationship with the 'minor characters' and see Alec build them. I also enjoyed the believable budding feelings between the two of them - While I didn't dislike Thero in Luck in the Shadows, I suspected I might start liking him in the next instalment and wasn't disappointed! - Micum and his family remain wonderful! I enjoyed 'Beka's chapters', it's nice to know more about her and what she does. - Nysander!! Wonderful, just...swept me off my feet in all the right ways. - Loved the 'showdown'! Thrilling! - The world building continued to be great, I truly love prophecies, gods and the way magic works in this universe. I am also interested in the Aurënfaie and hope/trust that the series will satisfy my curiosity... - That Alec is half-Aurënfaie seems awfully convenient for Seregil to me, but the 'thing' about him was already introduced in Stalking Darkness (I suspected that he magics, damn ;D), so I did not come as that much of a surprise and I do not mind it at all. One might call that a bit Mary Sue-ish but... I don't care and ... in a way it makes me happy that Alec can stay by Seregil's side for a longer time, especially since (...) happened.
Things I Didn't Like (That Much): I had the same problems with Stalking Darkness as I had with Luck in the Shadows: It was a bit dragging sometimes, but I loved so many things about it that this is only a very minor concern. I also might be a bit impatient and that is why I found it 'dragging'.
Most of the plot points from Luck in the Shadows came to a close in Stalking Darkness. I like it that I am not pressed to read the next one asap, but since there are enough things I'd like to know more about I am looking forward to reading Traitor's Moon in the near future. (Travelling with Alec and Seregil is a pleasant way to spend time, so I'd like to continue that particular journey soon.)(less)
I have only begun with this and already have some problems with it (written anime? Ouch!! Also a bad translation, thanks for taking us fans oh so seri...moreI have only begun with this and already have some problems with it (written anime? Ouch!! Also a bad translation, thanks for taking us fans oh so seriously Tokyopop. You are not endearing yourselves as a publisher, not at all. There are things that are absolutely in the area of definite no-gos and publishing a half-hearted translation is definitely one of them.) But I have always been interested in the story of Trinity Blood and the setting and topics are spot on my territory, so much that I should love it to pieces. I don't. Not yet, but I am not too far into the book yet, so we'll see. I'll definitely finish at least this one volume - no matter how bad it might become - because the setting is intriguing, very much so.
I love a lot of the ideas I've read about in this book and some characters seem intriguing, but... I cannot finish this. There are too many scenes where I just want to bang my head against the next hard surface and the interest in the universe of Trinity Blood (ah, the 'races' and creatures, the Vatikan, the institutions, assassins and whatnot...), the interest is just not strong enough for me to get over the very manga-like expressions and unrealistic behaviour. I could not keep my promise: ABANDONED.(less)