This book was a guts buy for me when it was on sale a few weeks ago. I picked it and books 2 and 3 up at the same time justNovels of the Tufa - Book 1
This book was a guts buy for me when it was on sale a few weeks ago. I picked it and books 2 and 3 up at the same time just because the blurbs sounded good! And different.
We're basically talking musical fae folk in the Appalachian mountains.
The Tuatha Dé Dannan of Irish-Celtic mythology disappeared way back when, according to folklore, and in these tales, they have disappeared to Appalachian America. Tennesee. Cloud Country. And are now called the Tufa. :) I love it! This is a take I've not read before and it instantly caught my attention.
So, when The Hum and the Shiver turned out to be a really enjoyable read, I was right pleased!
It tells the tale of one of the First Daughters of one of the two Tufa clans (basically the seelie and unseelie folk) returning home a war hero after a horrific attack and imprisonment overseas. Will she claim her birthright and heal herself in mind and body or will she turn her back on the responsibilities it entails. And what about some of the other characters - what choices will they make? Accept what they are and embrace it, or not.
Now, I'm not certain if the characters we meet in this book continue their stories in the others, but I think maybe, even if they aren't the main characters of the subsequent books. Doesn't matter. I love the premise, I really enjoy Bledsoe's voice and his writing is gorgeous and easy to read, so yep, I will be reading them! Oh, and if you're a fan of Charles de Lint, you will definitely like these, IMO.
I do wonder though... what happened to Fred Blasco???????...more
I'd stopped reading Anne Rice a while ago and I'll be honest, the only reason I bought this was because she announced that her MC was inspired by MattI'd stopped reading Anne Rice a while ago and I'll be honest, the only reason I bought this was because she announced that her MC was inspired by Matt Bomer, the star of White Collar of whom she is greatly enamored. Turns out that he's one of my favorites too, so how could I not read this? :)
Anyway, that's why I went back to Rice. *sigh* I don't know if she's still thinking that she's too good for an editor, but BOY, this book could have used some help. I found little of the storytelling and action that drew me to Interview With a Vampire and many of it's successors. And it could have been SO interesting! I liked her werewolf premise, I liked her characters - what we saw of them. She built a wonderful cast and then under-utilised the vast majority of them. Yes, we need to delve into the motivations and thoughts of Reuben, the MC, but I really wanted to see more of the Pack (for want of a better word) which really only gets established in the last 4 (of 40) chapters. Maybe she's hedging for a sequel?
All in all, I was looking for more of a story than a character study and sadly, I feel like I got the latter. ...more