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Dying Wish by Shannon K. Butcher
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Jan 05, 2012

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Read from April 11 to 13, 2012

(It's really closer to 3.5 stars) I like the way Butcher has consistently taken the standard romance formula and given it just that little bit more so that it almost (sorry!) feels like a legitimate fantasy novel rather than a Harlequin novel's big sister. She's done a good job of building a mythology and so far has managed to keep it from getting more complex than it needs to be, unlike Kenyon's. I will say the Synestren sides of the story have always felt a little weak and, frankly, boring--they're just a little too cartoonish to be taken seriously. I feel like I'm fine with a group of demon alien things running around trying to kill everyone and the Theronai out to stop them--I don't really need their POV. What Butcher is excellent at, however, is building for the future. She deftly juggles the introduction of new characters and the maintenance of the side plots without detracting from the main couple's romantic storyline. It makes you want to start a betting pool on "who's going to be next?" and then rub your hands with glee when the couple's revealed. I was excited that this book was Iain, after the glimpses we'd had of him in the past, though I saw the solution to his soulless problem coming light-years away. I found the language used in the intimate situations to be a good bit cruder than I remembered from books past, but I decided to let it go as a character trait (though it seemed more appropriate to Madoc, and I don't remember him using the words much.) I'm also impressed that new women keep getting introduced in interesting ways--it's nice that not all of them are recused abductees. I'm holding out hope for poor Nicholas next (and that an all-grown-up Sybil comes back for poor Cain)! But the smart bet's on Joseph...

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