I was worried when I first started reading that I wouldn’t enjoy this book as much as I had previous onOriginally posted on the blog What the Cat Read
I was worried when I first started reading that I wouldn’t enjoy this book as much as I had previous ones. Initially the two main characters grated on my nerves and I was finding it difficult to connect with the both of them. However, as the story progressed, I found myself sinking into the story more with each chapter and by the end thought it was pretty decent read, though a bit predictable. This is certainly a great addition to The Sentinels series and fans who enjoyed the previous two books will definitely want to read this one, but Blood Assassin is still by far my favorite book in the series.
The first thing I would like to point out to readers is that while I felt the previous two novels in the series could work as stand-alones in some ways, this novel takes up shortly after events in Blood Assassin and follows Bas and his daughter Molly, along with Molly’s mother Myst. There’s more of a connection between book two and this one than there was between books one and two. Ivy is starting to tie the series together and develop the overall series story arc while including the individual story arcs found within each novel. Questions just starting to be asked in the first two books are now becoming the focus as the High-Bloods and their Sentinels start to find answers and protect their people. I’m certainly curious to see where Ivy plans to go in future books for this series and am looking forward to book four when it comes out.
Having said that, while I had fun reading this novel, the fact that it took awhile for me to connect with and like the main characters and the fact that I managed to figure out the ending by the second chapter dampened my full enjoyment of the book. And while it still has the action that I’ve come to love in the series, and the chemistry between some of the characters is still scorching hot, it lacked the intense suspense that the other two books had. As I sit here writing this review I am discovering that it’s difficult to put into words my overall feelings for the novel, so please bear with me as I convey my thoughts.
Those readers who read the second novel in the series already know a bit about Bas. He’s an Assassin who has both a witch’s powers and a Sentinel’s strength. He’s also a law unto himself, as well as extremely arrogant, frustrating, and frankly he really got on my nerves. His initial behavior toward Myst made it hard for me to have any respect for him or sympathy, but as the story progressed my dislike for him started to lessen as I came to learn that he genuinely cares for Myst and worships his daughter Molly (the only trait he possessed that I actually gave him initial props for) and would do anything in his power to keep them safe. I won’t say that I like his character, but I will say that I have a level of understanding for him and grudging respect, which is more than I started out with. Myst was a hard character for me to connect with and having finished the book I’m still not entirely sure what my feels for her are. I can see why she made the choices she did with Molly when she was born, can understand her fears, but a part of me was a angry at her for thinking she could just walk back into her daughter’s life only to later walk out again a short time later. This was unacceptable to me, but then again, in the end she acted as she did in order to keep her daughter safe and I can’t fully fault her for that.
As far as Bas and Myst’s relationship is concerned there’s no question there is chemistry between them, but when they actually allow themselves to give in to their feelings it lacks the scorching connection that the previous books couples had. I shall admit that I was rather disappointed that I wasn’t feeling a lot of fire between them, and it felt to me like Ivy opted to scale back the heat a bit and shift it elsewhere. The true scorching relationship is between Wolfe (the Tagos) and Lana (the Mave). I’ve loved these two characters since I was introduced to them and I’m happy to see both of them playing a bigger role in each book. Dare I hope that one of these day’s we’ll get a story entirely devoted to them? Please? I actually found their relationship to be of more interest than Bas and Myst’s; it certainly made for some fun “will they/won’t they” moments. Also, would it be possible to have a book devoted to Kaede at some point? He’s a character who’s managed to catch my interest and I’d very much like to be able to learn more about him. Please?
Unlike the previous books I didn’t feel as though the plot had as many twists and turns, though that could be because I had figured out what the answer to Myst’s prophecy was by the end of the second chapter. And if I had any doubts that my initial thoughts were wrong, I had them confirmed halfway through my reading, so by the time I got to the end I was more curious to see how everything was going to play out rather than being taken by surprise by the turn of events. There was certainly enough action in the story to keep me reading, though again it was more because I wanted to see how everyone would get out of the positions they were in rather than because I was on the edge of my seat.
The one element to this book that I found to be surprisingly enjoyable was the antagonist. Stella is one of those characters who you instantly are on guard with because while she comes across as being shallow and manipulative, she’s also rather cunning. When I first met her I was tempted to write her off as not being that big of a deal, but as the story progressed I was impressed with her. The woman has some serious nerves and while her downfall was inevitable, I was rather sad to see her go. Loved the interrogation scene between her and Lana.
So okay, I know this review is all over the place, but when everything is said and done there were aspects to this book that I enjoyed and there were those that left me a bit disappointed. This isn’t to say that it wasn’t a decent read, and I fully believe that most readers and fans of Ivy’s books will enjoy this one. For me this is one of those moments where my own hype over the series after the last book was just too much and so my expectations were not as realistic as they should have been. Sigh....more