The mark of a good book is when I get sad halfway through because I don't want the book to end. I am super psyched to see that there's a sequel comingThe mark of a good book is when I get sad halfway through because I don't want the book to end. I am super psyched to see that there's a sequel coming out next month, because I am totally invested in these characters. I love a good time travel romance adventure story, and this delivers on all accounts. The world building is well-done without being heavy handed or bogged down in tons of technical details. I really like it when characters in YA books actually grow, and I liked that Bree was self-aware of her faults and actually put some effort into maturing. This book was a delight!...more
This book is a hot mess. I say this as someone who has been reading the series since the early 90s, has re-read the first three books an embarrassingThis book is a hot mess. I say this as someone who has been reading the series since the early 90s, has re-read the first three books an embarrassing number of times, and loves most of these books with a fiery passion. It is time to wrap the series up and move on.
(view spoiler)[ First- William chapters. OMG, stahhhhhhhp with the William chapters. Please. He is more boring than dry toast. A chapter about watching paint dry would be marginally more interesting. His character doesn't develop at all. His weird protection feels for Jane are boring and unnecessary, and his man pain about his parentage is just an endless loop of yawns.
Second- Claire is becoming less of a character and more of just a pair of eyeballs through which Diana can describe in minute detail plants, settings, more and more and more medical situations (that are getting pretty gross, I mean, come one, I am not that squeamish but I'm also not reading these as a manual for how to perform old timey doctorin').
Third- Where are Bree and Roger?! They are hardly in this book. I spent several previous books not caring about their boring lives and finally started caring in Echo (because they were the only interesting thing going on in Echo), and they are hardly in this book. When their plot is the only interesting thing in this entire book!
Fourth- So many interesting things happen off-camera or are mentioned as an aside and dropped. Everyone else gets a POV chapter, even the boring new Hunters, but Fergus never gets a POV? I want to see him teaching Germain his pick pocket techniques! Claire is distributing seditious materials at night? We never actually see it happen! Jenny seeing new places and things for the first time? I'm sure it was cute but we have to move along now to chapters and chapters about troop movements.
Finally- the endless, pointless, descriptions of battles and medical problems. The pages of poems and prayers and songs. Ugh. My husband reads a lot of Manly Man historical fiction about dudes fightin' wars, and as I described this book to him he said not even his books specifically catering to an audience that wants to read about battles actually describe the minutiae of troop movements and battle prep, because that's boring and no one wants to read it.
I am not usually a page skipper or even skimmer, but there was a lot of this book that I just skimmed lightly just to move along. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm ready for this series to end. In her stubborn refusal to ever be considered a *gasp* romance writer Diana has veered so far into Serious Business territory that she has lost her ability to write emotionally resonant plot. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more