I'm glad that my local bookstore (I live in Indonesia, anyway), have this book available to ordered. I had knew the Subtenarrean version, first from Andrews's blog, and then Subtenarrean site. I'm hesitant at first to buy because, first the price is expensive. No joke, since its format is hardcover and look luxurious. But, it's not the book price that make me go and fro, to buy or not to buy. It's the shipping, that cost almost as much as the book price itself. After I discovered that Periplus, the local book store that I mentioned above have this edition with affordable price, without me to feel worried about shipping, I didn't hesitant to order.
And I'm so happy to receive this book a month after that! :D
I will write a review again, but more like doing a re-read. My edition is numbered 522, so I guess, I'm one of the lucky 700, lol XD. I believe Subtenarrean Press still have it, and its also available in Amazon. For overseas readers like me, don't be fret, Bookdepository have it too! You will ask, "why if you had read all the e-book version, you still buy it?". Trust me, dear readers, you will love to hold this hardcover edition, and will throw your money to at least get one!...more
I didn't mean to finish read it last night, but, dang! When the heroine abducted after trying to release the hero from the prison, and then a 3 stars
I didn't mean to finish read it last night, but, dang! When the heroine abducted after trying to release the hero from the prison, and then after she wake up, she find it that all her experience just a dream, how can I resist to not read the next?
Is my reading slump finally over? Hmm..I hope so :P.
The Prisoner of Silverwood Castle is the second installment of Darke of Night series by Marie Treanor. The story is stand-alone, but reading the first book, The Dead of Haggard Hall will introduce you more to one of the pivotal character (two, actually), Barbara Darke and her fiancee, Patrick Haggard. Since both of them are main characters from the first book. Also, you will see how Treanor write her story in totally different manner. In Dead of Haggard Hall, Barbara is the main voice, so her story told from already matured, kinda cynic and guarded woman. In Prisoner's however, the POV is from Guinevere Hayley (or Guin), a young lady, not yet 21, with a hopeless romantic heart and also a writes. It's kinda refreshing, but I found that I like Barbara's POV more than Guin's.
As characters, I like both Guin and her love interest, the mad Prince and also prisoner of the Silverwood castle, Kasimir. I amend Jen's review that said she enjoy the first part of Guin and Kasimir's encounter, because as a romance reader, I find it very romantic. Sure, some insta-lust happen, but you will want to be like Guin, to freed Kasimir from his prison. Sadly, the second part kinda a letdown. The climax happen too early, it's almost very anti-climatic and somehow feel rushed. The supernatural parts also feels very confusing. The villain easily forgettable, and the suspense is not much like Dead of Haggard Hall. Dead of Haggard Hall will enchant you to read more and more, because you want to know who's the murderer. In the Silverwood Castle, no one died. The mystery is just, if all that happen to Guin was merely her imagination or is it real.
What I like is the setting. Treanor bring her readers to Germany now, into Silberwald Castle (or Silverwood in English). I always want to read historical that based outside of England. Treanor describe not just about how Guin spent her days in Silberwald, but also about revolution, the situation of the citizen in Silberwald dukedoom and much more. Guin and Kasimir are both young, so I understand that their relationship will be very different than Barbara and Patrick. Others character beside them is so so, even I dislike Guin's older sister treatment to Guin. The motive from the villain also feel lacking.
For a historical romance with gothic and supernatural element, I enjoy reading Prisoner of Silverwood Castle despite its weakness. I hope many romance readers discover this series, because its unique storytelling and POV....more
Painfully accurate, cute and hilariously amusing at the same time. For some I can relate, for few parts I just "nope, I think I didn't behave 3 stars
Painfully accurate, cute and hilariously amusing at the same time. For some I can relate, for few parts I just "nope, I think I didn't behave like that, lol". Sarah Andersen address a fundamental question about adulthood. Is it a real thing? Or it's just a fantasy? *insert Bohemian Rhapsody intro*
I can said adulthood is part of myth part of something that society throw to you, therefore you must abide its rules. This comic is full of sarcasm to those what society called "adulthood". So what if you behave like a child? Because I did it everyday, lol!
And are you introvert? Well, you will feel connected with Sarah. Not at all, tho. But the "I hate people" part is something that I can relate. And the laziness part..and the procrastination part..(and the list go on and on) ...more
Actually, I start reading this in June, 29th and just barely manage to finish the book yesterday because I'm sick. I know that my games can 3,5 stars
Actually, I start reading this in June, 29th and just barely manage to finish the book yesterday because I'm sick. I know that my games can be to blame, but I love my games, sooo..
The Dead of Haggard Hall is my first try reading Marie Treanor's book. The narrative kinda taken me aback, because its told in first POV. I rarely read historical romance from 1st POV, though I can count Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate, but that series is more steampunk than hisrom. The first POV work with the atmosphere of this book. Barbara's personality and traits are easily likable. A medium, a vicar's widow and ex-teacher, her voice already matured so we don't get another TSTL or reckless heroine.
The romance is pretty your usual trope. A "I hate you but I kinda like you" followed by almost insta-lust. The hero, Patrick Haggard is pretty much the "broken hero" troupe, his cynicism toward Barbara's ability spice their earlier relationship. What make Dead of Haggard Hall interesting is the mystery part. Sure ghosts are scary (and there were plenty in this book!), but spirit can't do no harm. It's always human who did the despicable acts. Barbara must collect her wits, try to fight her attraction to Patrick, despite what the society thinks that Patrick is already a murderer, because the real culprit is still roam over there.
I like that Treanor just give a little by little tidbit regarding the murderer, and hide its real identity till the climax of the story. Treanor also successfully build the gothic atmosphere that surrounding Haggard estate and family. The pace can be so slow, but slow is good for this kind of story because the suspense make you can't stop reading, to guess who's responsible for the death of many people and malice in Haggard Hall.
I guess if you like a gothic historical romance with some spice, Dead of Haggard Hall is a must read. Although the second book, Prisoner of Silverwood Castle is not from Barbara's POV, she did make appearance there. ...more
Too gore and too cruel for my taste apparently. Wings of Hope is the prequel of The Veil series. From the foreword by DaCosta, this novella 2,5 stars
Too gore and too cruel for my taste apparently. Wings of Hope is the prequel of The Veil series. From the foreword by DaCosta, this novella appeared to written after book 2 and 3. So, it will make sense if you had read book 1-3 first. For me that have OCD series, I read the prequel first, and welp...cringe a lot when read it. I guess if you are really squeamish about torture and blood, might not for you. If not, then go ahead.
Wings of Hope also free (and I believe book 1, Behind the Veil is free too), so go download it or submit to Pippa DaCosta newsletter. I did read some chapter in book 1 and see how very very different Muse in this novella and in book 1. Seems like a different person! In this novella, Muse hate her human side, but in book 1, her human side seems afraid of her demon. I may finish book 1, but in no mood for dark and angsty story, so maybe I'll revisit later....more