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