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message 1: by Dorcas (new)

Dorcas Nooooo!!! You didn't like it???? How is that possible?


message 2: by Anne (new)

Anne Love that gif!


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ I know! I feel like I'm being all Ms. Grumpypants about this! The biggest problem is that (view spoiler).


message 4: by Anne (new)

Anne So you're just being a big baby, then? ;)


message 5: by Dorcas (new)

Dorcas (view spoiler)


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Yes, but (view spoiler)

@Anne: Yes, I am totally being a sulky child here! See my expanded review for reasons.


message 7: by Anne (new)

Anne LOL! I think sulky child is nice look on you. Pout away!


message 8: by Misfit (new)

Misfit Love the sulky child. Great review.


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ By the way, Dorcas, I also want to complain about MB naming this book Stormswift. Don't you think that was kind of a subplot? I mean, it's a cool name and all, but it didn't seem representative of what this book was really about.


message 10: by Dorcas (new)

Dorcas No, you're right about that. Stormswift is just an intriguing title. :)


message 11: by Tweety (last edited Oct 30, 2014 11:21AM) (new)

Tweety Tadiana wrote: "By the way, Dorcas, I also want to complain about MB naming this book Stormswift. Don't you think that was kind of a subplot? I mean, it's a cool name and all, but it didn't seem representative of ..."

Lol, good review! Even if I don't entirely feel the same way. (I was prepared ahead of time)

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message 12: by Tahsina (new)

Tahsina Syeda You are completely right that the title of the book is not really representative of the story. I have the same complaint about the name of another MB book, Merlin's Keep.


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tahsina wrote: "You are completely right that the title of the book is not really representative of the story. I have the same complaint about the name of another MB book, Merlin's Keep."

I'm not familiar with Merlin's Keep, but I did find myself wishing that I could get inside the author's head and figure out why he chose Stormswift as the title of this one! I did really enjoy his book Golden Urchin, though; I need to revisit that one one of these days.


message 14: by Tahsina (new)

Tahsina Syeda Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ wrote: "but I did find myself wishing that I could get inside the author's head and figure out why he chose Stormswift as the title of this one!"
I think the typical Gothic novel formula played a part in this-- you know, young woman arrives at mysterious dark creepy mansion, and the house is a usually a very important presence in the novel. I think Brent was trying to stay close to that, but it was a mistake naming the book after the house, because the house is NOT that important in his story, it's not even the setting for most of the story. So not a smart move.


message 15: by Hana (new)

Hana On my first glance at your review on the timeline, I figured Stormswift was an imitation Tamora Pierce YI fantasy novel.


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Hana wrote: "On my first glance at your review on the timeline, I figured Stormswift was an imitation Tamora Pierce YI fantasy novel."

:D No, this is more like a Mary Stewart type of romantic suspense novel, except set in historical times.


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tahsina wrote: "Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ wrote: "but I did find myself wishing that I could get inside the author's head and figure out why he chose Stormswift as the title of this one!"
I think the typical Gothic nove..."


Tahsina, wasn't the Stormswift actually the nickname for Caspar's wife? Or was it just her house? Memory fails me now. But I think you're right; either the author or the publisher decided it made for a cool, Gothic romance title and decided to run with it, however little it had to do with the actual plot.


message 18: by Hana (new)

Hana Ha! The Tamora Pierce connection that lodged in my brain was the Stormwings in The Immortals. The ones that were part human, part metallic birds feeding on carrion if I remember correctly. Not romantic at all :D


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Hana wrote: "Ha! The Tamora Pierce connection that lodged in my brain was the Stormwings in The Immortals. The ones that were part human, part metallic birds feeding on carrion if I remember correctly. Not roma..."

That totally makes sense, lol.


message 20: by Hana (new)

Hana Poor Caspar if the Stormwings name fits. ROFL


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Hana wrote: "Poor Caspar if the Stormwings name fits. ROFL"

Ooooh! (view spoiler)


message 22: by Jean (new)

Jean Hey, I just read Merlin's Keep (on my brother's recommendation to read a Brent novel). It was pretty fun.


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Jean wrote: "Hey, I just read Merlin's Keep (on my brother's recommendation to read a Brent novel). It was pretty fun."

It sounds like one I should look for. I'd recommend Golden Urchin if you're in the mood for a fairly light historical suspense novel with just a little romance.


message 24: by Jean (new)

Jean Sounds good! My library has it, so it shall be mine.


message 25: by Bettye (new)

Bettye McKee For some reason, GR won't let me write a review. However, let me say that I loved it even if the HEA didn't go my way.


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Bettye wrote: "For some reason, GR won't let me write a review. However, let me say that I loved it even if the HEA didn't go my way."

GR can be kind of temperamental like that. Try again later! You're more forgiving of the ending than I am. It's been over two years and it still irks me!


message 27: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah I'm a big MB fan and I know I've read this, but I just can't remember it!


message 28: by Jannah (new)

Jannah (Cloud Child) Sorry you felt grumpy about the love story! I think Henrys absurdities were quite endearing and it also did surprise me the change in the romance however I welcomed it, as I felt it was a little different from the usual brooding hero. If you have read A Heritage of Shadows, that is where the love story could be considered seriously convoluted!


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Jannah wrote: "Sorry you felt grumpy about the love story! I think Henrys absurdities were quite endearing and it also did surprise me the change in the romance however I welcomed it, as I felt it was a little di..."

I totally did! Maybe because I really didn't care for Henry and felt so much sympathy for the other guy. I haven't heard of A Heritage of Shadows: I'll have to check it out.


message 30: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah Amazon has copy of this for under $5. I'm going to buy and read it again. I don't remember it too well.


message 31: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah Just finished and reviewed this. I know what you mean about the love interest, I think the author totally set up the first guy to be the "one" and that is what he intended. but somewhere along the way he did a 180. I think he saw that Jemimah's life had been so full of hardship and drama that she needed some cheerfulness in her life and with her partner. I loved it. I thought they will have a very happy life together. Not sure she would have had that with first guy. He was too damaged. plus, he put duty ahead of saving her from a fate worse than death early on. Not sure I can get behind his priorities in several instances.


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Rebekah wrote: "Just finished and reviewed this. I know what you mean about the love interest, I think the author totally set up the first guy to be the "one" and that is what he intended. but somewhere along the ..."

That's an interesting theory - I think it's totally possible. Too bad we can't ask him now. :) Maybe someday I'll read it again with your thoughts in mind.


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