I was looking forward to this book ever since I first heard about it. I haven't been tempted by the other Briggs series but this one and the A&O sI was looking forward to this book ever since I first heard about it. I haven't been tempted by the other Briggs series but this one and the A&O set in the same world are real favourites.
This story follows closely the same plot lines that has been developed in the previous books: Mercy is living with her mate and his pack but the pack, or at lest certain members have a hard time adjusting to Mercy and she is given a hard time. While it didn't stop me from enjoying the book I think it's time to give it a rest.They should either accept Mercy or go away before this starts to be boring instead of just annoying.
Besides said pack members in this story Mercy has to deal with Adam's ex-wife who is on the run from a monster. I didn't much like Christy. She is manipulative and self centered. But I never really felt Mercy was threatened by her because Adam did a good job of not allowing her to play him like she did some of the others. I wouldn't have minded to see live elsewhere though.
The monster Christy is running away from is based on an interesting mythology and I really liked that. I also liked the new character - Gary - and was a bit disappointed in Coyote. He and Christy would have made a good match.
I was checking my notes and I realised I read the first book in this series back in 2008. It is a wonder I never needed to go back and reread before sI was checking my notes and I realised I read the first book in this series back in 2008. It is a wonder I never needed to go back and reread before starting each new book. This is the final novel and we finally get to the big confrontation between Ellie and the High Mage of Eld. I wasn't sure what to expect as Ellie and Rain have faced so many challenges before. And I am quite happy to report that in term of story development I was quite happy with this one.
It is not and easy book to read as it has much violence and quite a few known characters die but I was happy with Ellie and Rain's development and how they deal with obstacles they find on their way to fighting the war. Their confrontation with the High Mage is also painful to read and Wilson manages to keeps us guessing about their fate for a while. Ok maybe not so much guessing (this is romance after all) but I was reading sitting on the edge of the couch for a while. This is definitely a book filled with tense emotional scenes, some for the good and others for the bad.
I had a few problems with the pacing of the story. I think at times it was a bit slow and I just wanted to move on and get to the interesting bits. I also think this book left almost as many threads open and closed ones so I'll definitely be reading her next book set in this world. I really want to know more about the girl that helped Ellie's parents - Melliandra, about all those Dahl'reisen and their families, about Ellie's sisters and about Gaelen.
Since the author has a new book coming out soon but of different series and I can only urge her to write faster!! And I'll be getting that book too....more
I didn't have any special read planned for this month's TBR challenge and I have to admit that the date just snook up on me and suddenly I was faced wI didn't have any special read planned for this month's TBR challenge and I have to admit that the date just snook up on me and suddenly I was faced with having to choose something. Looking at what I had in my virtual pile I discovered a book that I had found free on Amazon a while ago and it seemed to fit the steamy read qualification - Desiree Holt's Lust Unleashed.
And it definitely filled its promise. This is a hot story about a part native-American loner heroine and a shape shifter who has been hunting the Chupacabra - a sort of mytical creature that attacks in the night and leaves its victims bloodless.
What I did like: the sex was hot and with a bit more variety than my usual reads and the main characters seemed to have good chemistry.
What I didn't like: there was no tension and it was sort of insta-lust as soon as they see each other. There's no big conflict to overcome, not even the memory of Jonah's dead fiancee. The shapeshifter's angle and mating bond is nothing new and I didn't even understand what made the mating bond happen.
I also thought that there were a lot of characters mentioned but besides the main ones they are not well developed. Jonah and Dakota were better developed but to be honest I didn't warm up to any of them. I gather this is the first of a series so I'm guessing the others will feature in the next books. I also thought the prejudice against the heroine was a bit overdone (at least I hope native americans are treated better than that). And the Chupacabra plot I found a bit unbelievable.
Something different from my usual reads, this was an easy read but it didn't convince me to continue reading the same genre.
I have a special fondness for Feehan as she was the first fantasy author I read. This was way back when I started reading books in English and found aI have a special fondness for Feehan as she was the first fantasy author I read. This was way back when I started reading books in English and found a huge amount of themes and plots I had never read and was enthusiastically going through all of them. Before I created this blog to keep track of my reads. Feehan's larger than life heroes were different from anything I had read till then and I devoured the first Carpathian books.
Then other authors, plots. themes and heroes got in the way and I spent years without reading her books. Then about 5 or 6 years ago I decided to reread those first Carpathians to write a proper review. And I also read her Drake sisters books. By then I realised I enjoyed the Drake's better then the Carpathians but I was planning to keep on rereading them. I ended up never doing it due to a case of too many new books waiting on my shelves but last month I picked where I had left off and I read Dark Demon.
In this book Feehan introduces the Dragonseekers. The heroine, Natalya is part Dragon seeker and part Carpathian. She is a warrior, her life's goal is to seek and destroy vampires. Thus she sees the Carpathians as enemies. Vikirnoff (to whom I keep calling Virkinoff in my head...) has been looking for his lifemate for some time. He has a picture of her (if it is mentioned in previous books how he got it I truly can't remember) and when he sees Natalya he knows she is the one.
I thought this might prove to be an interesting angle, with him having to prove that he is not the enemy and getting to know each other. My problem is that when they meet it is in the middle of a fight and most of the book is one fight after another between Carpathians and Vampires. There's a lot of information about the Dragonseekers and what has happened to them in the last generations. Some of which I found interesting (it seems I can't resist a tortured soul) but most of it ended up being confusing with all the other story lines - a lot of other Carpathians and their lifemates are mentioned and I had some trouble remembering all of them and what they were capable of. Natalya is a shape shifter which, I think is something new in terms of lifemates, I didn't realise if she went through any form of conversion or not. Basically I missed having them go through the "courtship" process and that would have probably helped me in getting all the plots straight.
Then, a bigger problem for me, I think the type of language that Feehan uses is getting old. I didn't like how they talk to one another, I don't like that she keeps inserting unfamiliar words - even if she provides a translation - and I don't like that the males are always so possessive and keep trying to control their mates. It's scary not romantic all those endearments in every page and the whole feels over the top. I like over the top when it's funny not when it is supposed to be serious...
PS. It must be that I am suffering from series-itis that I am still thinking of getting to Razvan's book... That and my fondness for Feehan will also get me to buy the first in the series that followed the Drake sisters. Is anyone reading those and recommends?...more
I was interested enough in the first book in this series to get this one but I have to confess this didn't hold my attention as much as the first one.I was interested enough in the first book in this series to get this one but I have to confess this didn't hold my attention as much as the first one. The main chracter here is Blake Trahern. In the first book he is almost losing his humanity and both Laurel and Bane are worried about him. Now he must discover who killed his former mentor, and one of the Regents, Judge Nichols, while he also protects Nichols's daughter Brenna against the same killer and discovers what the Judge was investigating that got him killed.
The romance was ok, this was an unrequited love story and I have no problem with those - no preference either - but the fact that Blake first got the hots for Brenna when she was 14 sounded a bit too early for me. And since it's been quite a while that they've been in touch I would have expected that they spend some time getting reacquainted with each other before jumping into a relationship...
The thing is that the world building is still a bit fuzzy. There are a bunch of secondary characters, a few more are introduced here, but I still don't get why the Others continue to invade the Earth and what exactly are they and what kind of world they live in. And why one particular Other is different from the rest? There's a bit more about that in this one but not enough to make it work for me. There are several villains in this story, besides the Others, but we still haven't discovered who is really calling the shots agains the Paladins.
Morgan seems to be setting up Jarvis, another Paladin introduced in this sory, as a potential hero of a future book but to be honest I'm not sure that I will be continuing this series...
Despite the fact that I had some problems with the Psy/Changelings latest book I was really curious to see how the world continued to develop and whatDespite the fact that I had some problems with the Psy/Changelings latest book I was really curious to see how the world continued to develop and what would happen to some of the characters that intrigued me. I was mildly curious about Adria and Riaz but I especially wanted to know more about the Ghost, the Arrows and Kaleb Krychek...
I'm glad that I didn't have high expectations for Adria and Riaz because while they are mentioned as the main characters in this story the truth is that it is as much about them as about Hawke and Sienna. That was bad for two reasons, because I prefer to have just one main story and because the age gap between Hawke and Sienna became more apparent (and her frailty to his strength) and I would rather believe them equals in character despite that.
Regarding Adria and Riaz I have to admit that I had some problems with them from the very beginning. I had trouble buying that Adria would be as cold and aggressive to Riaz just because she was feeling attracted to him. But if it was so then she offered him a place in her bed much too soon... Then I had trouble believing that Riaz would change his mind so quickly about having been mean to her and decided to offer friendship. If he wasn't being too rational till then why would he suddenly start, shouldn't it have been a more progressive and slow process?
Another thing that bugged me through the whole book was how the mating bond is seen here. Riaz found his mate, a human, but she is happily married to someone else. Adria has lived with a man who was not her mate and now is embarking in a relationship with Riaz but despite being attracted to him she doesn't feel like he is her mate. From what I remember from the other books finding your mate is a highly desirable thing and, it would seem to me, highly improbable that a male would give up on his mate for any reason other than being rejected... Riaz doesn't even try to persuade his mate... But he does embark on a relationship with Adria and I have to admit that I enjoyed their relationship very much, how he cared for her and how she was there for him. The only problem is that I didn't buy that Riaz would just leave his mate behind and I ended up feeling that Adria was second best. I could buy their love story if they were humans but as changelings not so much...
Having said I really enjoyed the developments in the Psy world, the fight between the councilors, the alliance between Anthony and Nikita and the changelings and I really can't wait for what is going to happen next on that front. I am more and more curious about what is going to happen with Aden, Vasic, Kaleb and the ghost and Judd is now officially my favourite hero in this series. I also want to know what Alice Eldridge is going to add to the story and, like I suppose everyone else by now, who is Kaleb looking for?
I really enjoy Patricia Briggs novels and after reading the latest in the Mercy Thompson series I was looking forward to start the next in the Alpha aI really enjoy Patricia Briggs novels and after reading the latest in the Mercy Thompson series I was looking forward to start the next in the Alpha and Omega series. And happily there is much to love in Fair Game not only for fantasy lovers but also for mystery lovers.
Charles, being his father's justice enforcer, is suffering the effects of having so many deaths on his hands. Although what he does is to apply justice that doesn't make him feel any better when the ghosts of those he killed start haunting him. To prevent Anna from suffering along with him he keeps their bond closed...
Anna is unhappy that Charles is suffering so and tries to reason with Bran about it. Eventually Bran decides to send her, with Charles tagging along, to Boston to investigate a series of murders that, if not well explained, might bring the werewolves a bad reputation and make the humans rebel against them. Since Bran is trying to do his best to make humans trust them this is a pretty sensitive matter. Hopefully this will keep Charles occupied in a good way.
I am a big fan of the world Briggs created for these characters but I have to confess that what I enjoyed the most in this story was precisely the police procedural aspect. How they follow the clues, how they investigate who the victims were, how they enlist the help of other species (or other races?) in their investigation and how it is shown that, while not always easy, cooperation and team work can be achieved and everyone can actually get along with each other. It's soon obvious that a serial killer has been at work in the area and that the victims may have been more than what was initially thought.
I really had fun seeing how people, namely the special agents, didn't take Anna too serious in the beginning but later realised that she was a force to be reckoned with. How everyone was a bit wary of Charles and how funny it was when Brother Wolf was in charge. I also liked the characters we meet in this book, Leslie, Isaac, Alistair... I sure hope we get to see more of them in the future. I really liked having more Bran in this story; hopefully Briggs will start to give him more space.
In the end it was good to see that werewolves, humans and fae can all work together to fight and punish the bad guy(s). The final twist did come as a complete surprise and I can't wait to see what the next story will bring.
**spoiler alert** I really really loved Silver Borne. That is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about it. Yes, I think it may well be my**spoiler alert** I really really loved Silver Borne. That is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about it. Yes, I think it may well be my favourite in the series.
It all starts when Mercy goes to return a book that Phin, a fae, lent her in a previous story. There she meets an elderly woman, also fae, and she suspects that something happened to Phin so she doesn't leave the book. And soon she has other things on her mind because Samuel is having a meltdown and thinking of suicide and she and Adam have to face the fact that some of the members of his pack really don't like Mercy and are not above letting her, or him, be hurt because of it. And then Gabriel is kidnapped by a Fae Queen and Mercy realises that the book she holds may be a lot more important than it seemed while Samuel comes face to face with someone from his past who might just be the right person to make him want to live again.
There were a lot of things to love here. Fans of the series will already know about the world Briggs created with so many interesting and different creatures and this one was no less interesting in that department as the previous books. Then I liked that she forced Mercy and Adam to go through a lot before they can settle down and accept their mating bond, some things had to come out in the open so they could be worked on and I think that is what she did. We have just a tiny bit of Bran and Charles in this one but I liked how they appear to enforce the law no matter what or whom. It still puzzles me how the werewolves can just have a big fight, spend all their energies and then all is well again and even those who behaved less than honourably (in my eyes at least) are still taken back into the pack has if nothing has happened. In a way it's simpler and cleaner if everyone obeys the rules, but at the same time an Alpha less worthy than Adam might feel tempted to strike back at those who challenged him. And last but not least I loved that she finally gave Samuel a reason not to give up just yet. I am not sure if his road towards an HEA will be an easy but I am very curious about it and I really hope that Briggs will not make me wait too long before publishing the next book. This one was a winner.
This is book 4 in the Tairen Soul series and I have to say that I absolutely loved it. With each book Ellysetta is stronger and surer of herself and tThis is book 4 in the Tairen Soul series and I have to say that I absolutely loved it. With each book Ellysetta is stronger and surer of herself and the more we know of her past the more I want to know.
This was supposed to be the last book in the series but after having read it I am quite happy that I will have one more book to read about Ellie, Rain and all the other secondary characters that Wilson so skillfully brings to life. I must confess that my appreciation of the series has grown with each book I read, precisely because the as the world building gets more sophisticated, we get to know the characters better and more subplots are developed the more I find myself totally engaged with these fictional people.
In this book Ellysetta and Rain go back to Celieria to warn King Dorian that war is eminent. Ellie is the center of the action as the High Mage continues to try to control her and she continues to resist. She dreams terrible dreams about a future that horrifies her and that she doesn't know if she can avoid. To add to her worries the truemate bond between her and Rain is still incomplete and that is starting to affect him. On a visit to the Elves, traditional allies of the Fey, Ellie will finally discover who her parents are and what the High Mage has done to her and has been doing to others.
I was really immersed in the story, so much so that when it ended I was quite surprised at how quickly I had reached the end. It has a complex world, a poignant love story and a diversity of characters (this time I even felt for Annoura...) and of plots that I found myself going through a range of emotions while reading it. I do love Rain and Ellie but at this point I also like Talisa and Adrial, I really do want to know everything about Shan and Elfeya and I really hope Melliandra (and a lot of others) will manage to have their field day. Wilson, though, has already proven that she doesn't mind killing a character if it fits the plot so I'm worried. Worried but especially anxious to grab the next book and find out what the Elves already know that the Fey don't and to find how they are going to defeat the High Mage and at what cost.