Oct 14, 12
Read in October, 2012
You know when you have a friend who just loves to tell stories? Who has the habit of including lots of info, explaining a lot of detail, and pretty much makes detouring into an art? Whose stories are entertaining as hell, but sometimes you just can't help wishing she'd get to the point already?
Well, Karen Chance is that friend.
There is a lot going on in this book. Which is usual for a Chance story, but this book seemed even more action packed and chaotic than normal.
Fury's Kiss is the longest book out of the series (it has 163 pages more than Midnight's Daughter). I feel like a shorter, tighter story would have been better, because the plot lacked an overall focus and the action scenes -with their elaborate set up, the high speed fighting and the sardonic commentary- were entertaining, but made me go "huh?" on more than one occasion. There was so much going on that at certain parts I really couldn't follow what was happening.
Which is sad because Chance really is a gifted story teller and her characters are to die for.
Thankfully, there was a lot to enjoy about them. Dory is still a great combination of kick ass and vulnerable, the main men (Louis-Cesare and Mircea) are still a mix of outer perfection and inner turmoil, and the extras (Radu, Ray; but also: Claire, Stinky and the French servants) still guarantee some great comic relief.
Also: there were some very touching, endearing and romantic moments in the story, which managed to not get lost despite the overabundance of action.
All in all, Fury's Kiss is still a good book, but certainly not Chance's best. I'm hoping for a 'less is more'-approach next time.