I'll lay a little groundwork but try not to spoil anything. The series premise is based upon the biblical tale of Lucifer's fall. Evidently, you have...moreI'll lay a little groundwork but try not to spoil anything. The series premise is based upon the biblical tale of Lucifer's fall. Evidently, you have three "pure-breds" - angels, demons, and nosferatu. The angels stayed true to God, the demons sided with the Morningstar/Lucifer, and the nosferatu wouldn't choose sides but hid until the war was over, and so were cursed. From these, you have many other varieties of things that go bump in the night. One of the problems with angels trying to protect humans was that they weren't human enough - mankind looked on them almost as gods. So, a corps of Guardians was formed.
The book starts out in like 1217 or something, with Hugh and Lilith. Another reviewer griped that the author spent the first half of the book writing a prologue, but honestly, I don't see it that way. Yeah, it is a prologue, but IMO it made the book better by being so detailed. You get to see the history between Hugh and Lilith, and you also get to see 800 years of sexual tension. But, like any good film, Ms. Brook moves quickly through the "set-up" stage and onto the "main" story. I just don't think the book would have been as powerful had she done it any other way. I remember thinking the other night "Man, when these guys finally give in and admit how they feel, it's going to be explosive." I was right.
Anyway, I'll just wrap up by saying that they have one itty-bitty problem. Hugh's a guardian. And Lilith? Let's just say that she calls Lucifer "Daddy" ;-)(less)
I got this based on Amazon's recommendation, and the Paganism slant to the story. I did not enjoy it. The story could have been interesting, but there...moreI got this based on Amazon's recommendation, and the Paganism slant to the story. I did not enjoy it. The story could have been interesting, but there was WAY too much sex. I could have dealt with the amount of sex, too, but it was crudely rendered. I'm not one that goes for the flowery phrases you sometimes see like "manroot" (no lie - my sister-in-law saw that term in a book she was reading :snicker:), but I also don't care for the "p" word for females and the "c" word for males ALL the time. I don't think the author knew of any other words, or maybe she just didn't care, but it turned my stomach. I felt like I was reading the book version of a men's porn flick. And those are okay for some things, but not what I want out of a book. Similarly to said types of movie, it seemed as though the plot was just a loose construct from which to hang sex scenes. I wasn't drawn to the characters at all, and I found myself rolling my eyes at many parts of the book. Suffice it to say, I'll not be reading more of this author.(less)
Douglas Niles is a gifted story teller. The land of three waters is a believable place, and you are instantly swept up as he weaves this tale.
Rudgar A...moreDouglas Niles is a gifted story teller. The land of three waters is a believable place, and you are instantly swept up as he weaves this tale.
Rudgar Appenfell is an "Iceman" - he and his brothers live high in the mountains and make a living by taking noblemen up into the heights. A young prince of Galtigor comes, and Rudy is cast down a path from which he cannot turn away. Loss, adventure, sacrifice and friendship will follow him as he meets his destiny.
If you enjoy fantasy, you'll want to read this book. Classic and yet unique, it's a great way to spend a rainy day.(less)