Honestly, I was disappointed in this one. First of all, it's SO EFFING LONG. It doesn't look like it because the pages are super thin (damn you, marketing ploys! *shakes fist*), but it tops 600 pages. Very few
authors can sustain a book that long well enough to keep me fully invested. In fact, only 1
comes readily to mind, where I didn't feel anything should have been cut, it was perfect as it was. Stray needed some serious trimming with a sharp pair of editing shears. For real. There was so much
info-dumping through out, and a lot of it only marginally expanded on ground that had already been covered.
I also didn't feel like there was anything in the story or world-building that I couldn't have gotten elsewhere. Hell, I didn't even find the characters all that likeable. A lot of PNR/UF runs the risk of falling into cliche territory, and sometimes flat-out biting other storylines, but there's got to be some twist or redeeming quality that makes me want to read this
-- what does one offer that another doesn't, that makes me need
to read it? I never really got that extra something from this, even though I help on for 620+ pages. I have an inkling there may
be something coming that will interest me, but do I want to slog through 5 more books to get it?
In the (small) plus column, I thought the story picked up when Faythe* went home to the ranch and was thrust back into the paranormal element she'd been trying to escape** and when the ball finally
got rolling and the Big Bad came in, I liked it. But it was a long, sometimes torturous road getting there, and I almost set the book down many times along the way. I think I could eventually like the series, and may read more if someone assures me Rachel Vincent learns to cut the dreck and get to the goddamn point, but until then, I'm shelving them.
* I'm not even going to address the ridiculous name-spelling.
** sound familiar