This book is long enough that it starts out in one way and does about three 180s before you finally feel orientated enough that you realise that it isThis book is long enough that it starts out in one way and does about three 180s before you finally feel orientated enough that you realise that it is, in fact M/M.
The blurb days nothing about how the book contains a love triangle with a woman which though I get people leave out in reviews because they don't want to give spoilers, I would have liked to know up front! It nearly made me stop reading until I actually understood that it was a love triangle and that the focus was on Arthur and that Arthur was indeed the main squeeze in the story. What romance there is between Lancelot and Else feels false, and while it's intentionally so, it's also annoying in that I didn't want it to be there in the first place. Very frustrating. Lancelot's thoughts and narration about his desire for Else make it feel real.
Besides that I felt betrayed when else ended up being a woman. It's testament to the writing that I kept reading even though a few chapters in I felt very betrayed and annoyed. I really liked her as a boy. After she turned out to be one she also seemed to turn into a cardboard-cutout with the only objective of causing Lancelot some pain and setting up several very frustrating chances for UST.
And oh the UST. I nearly stopped reading because of that too, especially between Lancelot and Arthur. There is only so much I can take and I don't feel like their final getting together was as ground shaking as all of the other moments of nearly getting together made it seem.
Don't get me wrong, I really, really enjoyed everything between Arthur and Lancelot, I just wish Else wasn't involved at all now. I also really enjoyed the setting and research into the history and the narration about the horses and the like. Some parts were really cool, and those were the parts that prompted me to give it 4 stars. I really like Lancelot as a character, it's not often I read bi characters in fantasy settings and certainly not when they're a Knight.
I'm not sure I would read the second in the series, I only got the first because it was free through the apple store on my iPad. ...more
I really enjoyed this book I wish it had gained the popularity that Anne Rice's books gained. It's older and in my opinion much better. Tracking the nI really enjoyed this book I wish it had gained the popularity that Anne Rice's books gained. It's older and in my opinion much better. Tracking the novels down is a little hard, since they seem to be out of print, but Saint Germain is well worth it and the writing was great. I look forward to reading more. ...more
The reviews for this looked promising, but I have to wonder if anyone else actually was reading the same book as myself.
There's something missing in tThe reviews for this looked promising, but I have to wonder if anyone else actually was reading the same book as myself.
There's something missing in this book. It starts out well, and then after the first chapter it devolves into paragraphs of actions being repeated from different POVs and boring, inane experiments which involve vampires biting wizards interceded with arguments over soul bonds made so quick it gave me whiplash.
The characters, though they've been through experienced that are traumatic, seem perfectly fine and unaffected. Their past seems tacked on, and while some attempts at making them believable have been made, it still falls short, especially in Orlando's case.
All in all, there's just something missing in the author's writing. It felt like she was phoning in all chapters past the first.
Not something I would recommend and not worth the price of the ebook....more