Cassie does a lot of running around in this one (which is pretty normal for her). She's working hard on trying to figure out how to get to the demon r...moreCassie does a lot of running around in this one (which is pretty normal for her). She's working hard on trying to figure out how to get to the demon realm in order to get Pritkin back. This involves a bit of time traveling and vampirenapping. In between all the action we actually learn more about what the gods are up to and more about Cassie's mother. I thought this book would be all Pritkin all the time, but he's not in it as much as some readers would like. Mircea is just about only mentioned in this book, except for one weird shower scene.
I always mention Chance's action scenes in my reviews of her books. They are all over the place for me. Sometimes I have trouble picturing what is actually happening. That was the same for me in this book. But I love Cassie and being inside her head. She's funny and loyal and willing to put herself out there. I also enjoyed Chance's interesting take on vampire, demon, fae, and god mythologies, especially in this book. We actually learn quite a bit. I think that makes up for the meager Pritkin and Mircea sightings.
This one also ends on another cliffhanger, so be prepared for that.
I love this series so so much. It just keeps getting better and better. I loved the fact that this one took place away from Atlanta. I loved the mytho...moreI love this series so so much. It just keeps getting better and better. I loved the fact that this one took place away from Atlanta. I loved the mythology, the politics,and the new characters introduced. There was Kate and Curran drama, but I felt like it pushed the relationship forward. Hugh is a fascinating character. I look forward to seeing more of him. This book also made me a million times more anxious for the Kate and Roland meet up. It's going to be epic.(less)
From the description, I thought this book might be all sex. But it's not. It's darkly erotic, but sex doesn't overpower the story.
So this story is da...moreFrom the description, I thought this book might be all sex. But it's not. It's darkly erotic, but sex doesn't overpower the story.
So this story is dark fantasy romance/erotica. Ava is a Thief. She devours magic, mostly through cannibalism. She keeps her hunger under control, though lately it has been getting harder and harder. She's in love with the mage, Reist. He found her living on the street and took her in at the Institute and now she works as his spy. But lately she has had to watch him fall in love with another mage and it's tearing her apart. In desperation she goes to Heyerdar. He is an Elemental, a person with old magic. Heyerdar has an interest in breaking them up too; the mage sleeping with Reist left Heyerdar for Reist. Ana and Heyerdar can use their magic together to push the two apart.
That's not the only reason these two come together, though. Thieves, like Ana, have gotten past the wards and into the city. They've already murdered a family. Ana is assigned to work with Heyerdar, as he's the Captain of the Imperial Guard, to find the killers.
Heyerdar can be quite crude. He's not always very nice to Ana, but it's obvious he's pushing Ana to see how she is being used by others and really, to be her own person. I liked these two together a lot, and couldn't wait for Ana to realize her own true feelings.
Between the sex magic and cannibalism, it's a dark story. It's very well written and the characters are fascinating. I wish there had been a bit more world building. And I found Ana's back story a little confusing. But other than that, I enjoyed this story very much. (less)
I really really like where Rowland is taking this series. It's brilliant and exciting. The previous books as paranormal police procedurals were very e...moreI really really like where Rowland is taking this series. It's brilliant and exciting. The previous books as paranormal police procedurals were very entertaining, but this book, almost completely set in the demon realm, was extremely fascinating. And, holy schnikes, does Kara's world get flipped, and mine a little too. Some things I didn't want to be true. But, really, I ain't even mad; it's too good of a story.
This one doesn't end with a maddening cliffhanger like the last one, but I'm still very much looking forward to seeing what Rowland comes up with next. (less)
This book jumps a whole decade. It takes 12 years to train a druid apprentice and Granuaile is just about done with her apprenticeship with Atticus. T...moreThis book jumps a whole decade. It takes 12 years to train a druid apprentice and Granuaile is just about done with her apprenticeship with Atticus. They just have her binding to the earth to do. They've been in hiding; most everyone, including the gods, think Atticus is dead. But just as they start Granuaile's binding, they are discovered. Atticus has many who wish him dead, including a few different gods and the dark elves.
This is my favorite Iron Druid Chronicle so far. What I really enjoyed about it -
It mostly takes place in different realms. Atticus and Granuaile rarely stand still as they avoid murderous gods, try to fix the consequences of Atticus' actions in the previous books, and complete Granuaile's binding.
Granuaile is on the cover! This very much makes sense. Though the book is still just from the viewpoint of Atticus, Granuaile is very much a major character in this book. And I adore her. She is strong, steadfast, sweet, and funny.
Atticus and Granuaile's relationship. We've had hints of Atticus' attraction to her in previous books. In this one we find out Atticus is very attracted to her. But he refuses to do anything about this attraction. She is his apprentice. He doesn't want to take advantage as her "sensei", as Granuaile likes to call him. I really like how Granuaile handles this.
The reason I couldn't give this book five stars was because of the action scenes. They were too long and somewhat confusing at times. I've...more4 1/2 Stars
The reason I couldn't give this book five stars was because of the action scenes. They were too long and somewhat confusing at times. I've complained about that in the past with Chance's books. But the action scenes seemed especially long in this book.
Otherwise loved it! Loved the relationship progression between Dory and her father. The past memory scene was awesome and sweet. And loved the relationship progression with Louis-Cesare - Finally! I was nicely shocked by the ending and look forward to seeing how Dory's new "position" and her self changes affect her and those around her.
I think I may actually now prefer this series over Cassie's. (less)