I remembered the big to-do over this book when it first came out, but for various reasons I passed on it. When Kindle offered it for $1.99*Spoilerish*
I remembered the big to-do over this book when it first came out, but for various reasons I passed on it. When Kindle offered it for $1.99, I grabbed it, since it had been on my "to read" list.
Well, my expectations were shot to pieces. I have no idea why this book garnered such praise. I understand that when reading paranormal/urban fantasy books, the reader is expected to suspend their disbelief, and I normally do so quite willingly. However, the plot and characters in ADoW are so over-the-top that I was taken right out of the book on many occasions.
For example, Matthew is a vampire. Ok, no problem. However, he's a 1500+ year old vampire. Not many people can wrap their heads around how long that really means to be existing. A few hundred years, ok, but more than that, the reader can't help but ask if the character isn't bored for having lived for so incredibly long.
Second, Diana is not that likeable as a protagonist. I liked her in the beginning of the book, when she's at Oxford doing research, but once her powers start to take off, I lost interest in her. It doesn't help that Diana, of course, has to be the most powerful witch to come down the pike in centuries--a task/challenge/gift she tries to fight. The book is just full of extremes, which really takes advantage of the reader's suspension of disbelief. That Diana embraces her "forced" marriage to Matthew, after only knowing him for a few months, really took the cake. The author tries to defend Diana's choice by explaining that Diana never really thought she'd get married and had no desire to, so when it suddenly happens, Diana doesn't think too much of it.
I did like the Ashmolean manuscript plot line and how the characters were trying to figure out how witches, vampires and daemons were somehow connected. It's a shame the author didn't spend more time on this--letting Matthew and Diana's relationship grow as they researched more in Oxford--and less on the over-the-top-I-loved-you-since-I-first-saw-you nonsense that is more fitting for a bodice-ripping romance novel than for a mainstream one.
Overall, I won't be reading the remaining books in the series....more
I had been looking forward to this latest installment of the Cassandra Palmer series; it had been a long time since the last boo****SPOILERS BELOW****
I had been looking forward to this latest installment of the Cassandra Palmer series; it had been a long time since the last book. Unfortunately, I think TtS is one of the weaker volumes in the series, if not the weakest.
First, the action sequences are not well distributed in the book. The first third or so of the book is loaded with action, so much so, that the reader is forced to read at a break-neck pace, which for me, makes reading less enjoyable. Sure, I like the action scenes in the series, and Karen Chance is great at writing them, but a few well-placed breathers are necessary, which I think are lacking in the first third.
Second,there is very little Mircea in this volume. In fact, he isn't present at all, but only referred to and fantasized about. I definitely felt his absence. True, this book had to deal with Pritkin's banishment to hell, but Mircea is AWOL and we never know why.
I think Mircea's exclusion from this book might suggest how the Cassie-Mircea-Pritkin love triangle is going to be resolved, but that's just a guess.
Overall, I liked TtS, but the pacing of it wasn't quite right--also, too much Casanova for my liking! However, if I could've given the book 3.5 stars I would have....more