So much happens in this book. Upon their arrival back to present time, Mathew and Diana must deal with a dear one's death, Diana's magic, Diana's pregSo much happens in this book. Upon their arrival back to present time, Mathew and Diana must deal with a dear one's death, Diana's magic, Diana's pregnancy, finding the Book of Life, Matthew's blood rage, the Congregation and their covenant, and a psychopath. And Harkness presents it all beautifully. With each book I get immersed in her world of witches, vampires, and daemons - their history, literature, and science.
I immensely enjoyed watching Diana's family and friends working together. They were never alone. Family is such a huge, important part of these books.
There were sad moments and violent moments, but Harkness gives us sweet and joyous ones too. I enjoyed Diana and Matthew's relationship in this one. Honestly, I found Matthew so frustrating in the last book. But in this one, even when he was in his blood rage possessiveness, their time together was lovely.
The book is long, but even with the length there were a couple of scenes that were done off page that I would have loved to have read - one involving Matthew and Marcus' children and one involving Diana and the Congregation.
This is such an engaging and charming trilogy. I'm sad to see it end. I think all who enjoyed the first two books will be happy with how it ends.
This first book in a urban fantasy/alternative history series is fabulous. I loved that the supernaturals in this book are extremely dangerous and farThis first book in a urban fantasy/alternative history series is fabulous. I loved that the supernaturals in this book are extremely dangerous and far from human. They're called Others and do very much act other. They see humans as prey and do eat humans. This is not a world where the others are in hiding or are out and known but are under human rule. The Others rule in this world and humans must make sure they don't piss the Others off or they will get killed and/or eaten.
Our main character is Meg Corbyn. She's not Other, but she's not plain old human either. She's a blood prophet. She sees the future when her skin is cut enough to bleed and scar. At the beginning of the book she is on the run from those who have held her captive her whole life and have sold her prophecies for a price. She comes upon a town with a job opportunity with the Others. It's a place she can hide and survive. Lakeside Courtyard is run by Simon Wolfgard. He's confused by her because she's human, but doesn't smell like prey.
I like Meg. She's extremely innocent having really never experienced anything. I loved watching her grow and learn and solve problems. Even reading about her doing mundane day to day things was fascinating. I loved her interactions with the Others, especially with Simon. I can't wait to see what their relationship develops into.
I really really liked the setting and characters in this book. On the surface Delilah seems like a very selfish, non-caring character. She uses it asI really really liked the setting and characters in this book. On the surface Delilah seems like a very selfish, non-caring character. She uses it as a way of shielding people looking too deeply into her, because she herself doesn't want to look too deeply inside. But I feel like how she interacts with those she truly cares for and respects is telling. And as some of her past is revealed, I became more sympathetic. I did love that Delilah keeps her independent and sarcastic attitude throughout the whole book. I enjoyed her interactions with Ryder. It's a beautifully dramatic relationship.
Raybourn does a great job presenting Kenya. I loved her descriptions of the land and animals and Delilah and Ryder's reactions to and love for Kenya.
I wasn't too keen with the murder mystery part of the story. I would have just as much enjoyed a plot of Delilah only dealing with relationships and herself in the splendid setting of Kenya.
It's a beautifully written story. I think historical fiction fans will enjoy.