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I don't know what to think. It was very good in parts, but the end really left me disappointed. I'd better make a list.
What I liked:
* Anya. I liked her better here than in her own book. The way she made Galen lose his composure at the end was a joy to read. I think that in few pages she made Gwen totally disappear.
* The Harpies as a species. They were tough, just and independent. I really hope we'll see more of them.
* Gideon's inner monologues. He surprised me: such sadness! I had never really understood his character until now. He feels useless because his demon doesn't seem to have a real purpose, and the facts that he can't speak what he means is depressing. His story is one I want to hear.
What I didn't like:
* I couldn't feel the chemistry between Gwen and Sabin, it seemed all very superficial and even repetitive. At one point of the story Sabin's demon, Doubt, was dismissed because it was afraid of Harpies. And I don't think the "consort" concept was thoroughly explained. I adored the moment when Sabin told Gwen of his weaknesses as a warrior: that was a true special moment, but the rest wasn't as memorable. OK, now I get it: they were so much inside their heads that we didn't truly enjoy their time together.
* What with all this torture??!!
* What's with Gwen letting his father Galen escape and no one being royally pissed off??!! The final confrontation was awful. It was like watching a tennis match where each player was playing to lose.
Well, I liked the side stories more than the main couple and disliked the end, but the writing is still light and funny, the world building remains interesting, so I'll read the next book.