This book in Britain's series certainly displays yet again what a great writer she is, and she writes just as well if not better with each new novel p...moreThis book in Britain's series certainly displays yet again what a great writer she is, and she writes just as well if not better with each new novel published. She can go from describing the inner turmoil and emotional trials her characters are experiencing, to creating an epic picture of landscape and scenery that can be either beautiful or thoroughly horrific.
However, despite the fact that Britain has yet again produced a highly entertaining read, one of the main problems with this book was a certain level of inconsistency with her story lines. Lord Amberhill's sea voyage, while interesting, seems completely separate from the main thread of the story and doesn't seem to contribute anything to the book as a whole. Britain completely drops his story in the second part of the novel, and we are only shown where he has ended up in a chapter at the very end.
It is also questionable whether or not she should have included the story line of Estora and Zachary's deathbed wedding, and the subsequent consummation of that marriage while Zachary remains in an unconscious state. The reason I point this out is because Britain seemed to be building Estora up as somewhat of a villan, which is all fair and well, but then Estora is completely redeemed of any guilt in what took place when the King finally wakes up from his coma.
All in all, this is a very well written and entertaining follow up to Britain's last Green Rider book. For those who want to read more about Karigan and her adventures this lengthy instalment will not disappoint. However, be warned that Blackveil, like its predecessor, also ends with many story lines unsolved and many more questions arising as to the future of Karigan and the fantasy world she inhabits.
So, after reading this book you might ask the question, does Clockwork Angel live up to the high standard of Clare's previous three books? The answer...moreSo, after reading this book you might ask the question, does Clockwork Angel live up to the high standard of Clare's previous three books? The answer to that would be yes. Readers may find themselves having a hard time getting into the mindset of Tessa since she is not contemporary, however, after the first couple of chapters the setting becomes more natural to the reader and there is a better flow to Tessa's adventure.
Also, there are times when the character of Will can seem a little too much like Jace's doppelganger personality wise, but when you make the connection that Will's surname is Herondale and Jace's birth father was a Herondale, readers will be able to attribute the similarities to the fact that Will just might be Jace's great-great-great-grandfather.
All in all, the similarities between Tessa's story and that of Clary could be said to be welcome, since long time fans of Clare's books will be comforted by the storyline and characters who bare resemblance to those they had loved before. But aside from that, Clare does create something unique in this novel, particularly in relation to the zombie-like, clockwork automatons, and Clockwork Angel is an amazing, action and mystery filled start to what is sure to be a great series
Clearly, Rhodes' opening sets the stage for an action packed, exciting adventure, with Niki and Kayla partnering up to take on an very near untouchabl...moreClearly, Rhodes' opening sets the stage for an action packed, exciting adventure, with Niki and Kayla partnering up to take on an very near untouchable opponent, Harlequin. This seems reason enough to encourage readers to fall into the story. Also, Kayla's relationship with Mutt, a werewolf, is filled with humour, flirtation and conflict, a combination that will have you turning pages.
There are some excellent action sequences, that are not only fast-paced, but also contain a certain level of fear and terror. One such incident is when Kayla goes to meet Niki at the Circus of Sins night club, where there is so much to see. This is followed by his taking her to see Doll perform in Harlequin's Circus, a terrifying spectacle.
Circus of Sins is, for the most part, a very enjoyable novel, as it contains many of the themes required to make a great book. However, there are also various problems with the story. The first being that even the less discernable critics out there will find that is it riddled with typos. One shows up at least every thirty or forty pages. This can become irritating and makes the novel appear as though the publishers didn't even bother to proof read the draft.
The second problem with this novel is that the ending seems to go on forever. There is no single final battle between Kayla and her enemies, but instead there seem to be about a dozen. After the first hundred pages of her battle with Harlequin the story begins to drag, and the reader will find themselves wishing Rhodes would just bring the action to a close.
Having said that, when Rhode's does finally bring her story to an end, readers will perhaps be left wanting another Kayla Steel book as Circus of Sins does finish on quite a nail biting cliffhanger. So, if you enjoy long-winded, never-ending action sequences, then this just might be the book for you. Although it has to be said that Kayla is quite a likeable character, which should not be overlooked, and this is probably the most rewarding aspect of the novel.
Ann Agguire's debut into the genre of Urban Fantasy is immediately enthralling, as she takes on the voice of Corine to describe her life hiding out in...moreAnn Agguire's debut into the genre of Urban Fantasy is immediately enthralling, as she takes on the voice of Corine to describe her life hiding out in Mexico City, running a little pawn shop full of odds and ends. Agguire's prose is quite elaborate at first as she delves into the mindset of Solomon, yet it is a rewarding feat for the reader to overcome the strange, though in a good way, stream of consciousness of the first person narrative.
It soon becomes apparent that Corine is a human with a special kind of ability. She calls herself a handler, which means she can touch any object and see its history, and sometimes even its future. This ability was given to her by her Mother, therefore, because it is not a natural ability, every time Solomon handles an object with a charge it leaves a burning scar on her hands.
Needless to say, this particular ability is something that is much sought after by many, since Corine can find missing persons with it. This is the reason why she has run away from her life and is hiding out in Mexico. She does not want to be found. Especially by her ex-boyfriend, Chance. Unfortunately, he is one of the first people we encounter coming into her shop.
Chance's Mother, Yi Min Chin has vanished from her home in Laredo, Texas, and he has come to Corine to ask for her help in finding her. Corine wants to say no, she's happy with her life in Mexico, however, she has always had a soft spot for Chance's Mother, and so, her love for the woman spurs her to agree to help. From here, an unusual supernatural investigation ensues.
Great Writing and Worth Reading
Blue Diablo is the kind of book that will cause any aspiring novelist to seethe with envy at the beauty of the prose. Agguire writes with a kind of hypnotising strangeness that is solely unique to her alone. In fact, it's probably very close to what would result if Gabriel Garcia Marquez ever decided to write an Urban Fantasy novel. The principle character of Corine is immediately engaging, since although she has the ability to "handle" which marks her out as different, she is at the same time a very realistic, flawed, and down to earth personality. The only shortcoming of the novel is that it ended, but there are more books in the series to enjoy, which is a plus.