The Hunt for Xanadu is a gripping, fast-paced story, right from the opening scene. The characters are refreshing and don't act predictable. The main cThe Hunt for Xanadu is a gripping, fast-paced story, right from the opening scene. The characters are refreshing and don't act predictable. The main character, Kelsey Porter, is a fascinating mix of skilled hero and vulnerable young woman. Events throw her together with Detective Desmond Gisborne, but because they share a common goal does not mean these two are happy to work together. The elements of Buddhism woven with fantasy created a unique story set in modern day that stayed with me after I put it down for the night. Multiple story threads came together in a wonderful web that took the characters around the globe and by the end had me breathless. Just don't plan on stopping in the middle of the last chapter! It's a doozy!
Can't wait for the sequel to see what Kelsey's up to next!...more
While The Wheel of Darkness continues the story of Agent Pendergast, it is a stand alone and not connected to the Diogenes arc. It is a very differentWhile The Wheel of Darkness continues the story of Agent Pendergast, it is a stand alone and not connected to the Diogenes arc. It is a very different story than the previous books, where Pendergast faced his nemesis and brother. Compared to those, this book is calmer, slower, and a bit less exciting. The height of suspense of the previous books isn't reached here. I was nearly midway through before I felt the pace and excitement pick up. There are far fewer characters as well, though that's not necessarily a bad thing, since some of the characters in the Diogenes series felt a bit extraneous. It also takes place nearly entirely on a ship, and the lack in change of setting sometimes felt limiting. Pendergast has to deal with some unique difficulties here, though I felt that part of the story could have been explored more than it was. I was glad to see Constance acting more independently, though. All in all, while an interesting read, and exciting for a good portion of the story, the book felt like a hiatus from Pendergast's usual adventures. Although, considering their location at the start of the story, and what they've already been through, perhaps this was what the authors felt Pendergast and Constance deserved. ...more