MY TAKE: I really enjoyed this book and read it fairly quickly. I always knew about Boudica being a Celtic heroine, but had never read much more thanMY TAKE: I really enjoyed this book and read it fairly quickly. I always knew about Boudica being a Celtic heroine, but had never read much more than that. The author(s) wove historical facts in seamlessly with the story of Avalon. I really want to learn even more about Boudica now.
This book veered a bit off the path from focusing on the story of the Isle of Avalon. It was primarily the story of Boudica and Lhiannon (both very strong women) and their life-long connection. I liked that the relationship between them was explored alongside and against their relationships with the men both loved.
There were many familiar aspects of the Avalon series, but this story was more about Boudica and the struggle with Rome than the priestesses and Druids. I felt the Avalon saga provided more of a back story or backdrop even.
I very much enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any who enjoy historical fantasy, the Arthurian legends, and especially Marion Zimmer Bradley's Avalon series. If a reader isn't familiar with the Avalon series, it would be helpful to start with "The Mists of Avalon" before reading this story. I think Diana Paxson has done a great job continuing this legacy and I hope to read more.
This book was first published in 1998 and has been reprinted. There are two more books in print with two scheduled in the next year or so. Barb HendeeThis book was first published in 1998 and has been reprinted. There are two more books in print with two scheduled in the next year or so. Barb Hendee is the author of The Noble Dead saga as well as The Vampire Memories series.
With all of the sexy, sparkly teenage vampire stories out there right now, this was a welcome change in the genre. Eleisha and her fellow vamps were much more cerebral, darker and maybe "realistic"? This was a very nice change of pace from the love triangles and teen angst. This was a short book that read very quickly. There was a lot of action and drama that kept me turning the pages.
The characters were quite interesting. Besides Eleisha, I really enjoyed Maggie, Wade and eventually even Phillip. They added quite a bit to the story. In some small ways, this reminded me a bit of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire. I think it was probably because of the dependant relationships the vampires shared.
Enjoyable book that I think most vampire fans will enjoy - especially if you're looking for something a little less sparkly.
I was into this book right away as the story gets rolling immediately. From the moment she sets eyes on Matt Gregor, Winter is hooked! Line and sinkerI was into this book right away as the story gets rolling immediately. From the moment she sets eyes on Matt Gregor, Winter is hooked! Line and sinker..
This story is full of interesting, richly written characters. I enjoyed the verbal banter as well as the building of the tension between the two main characters and with the family members. There is humor in abundance as well as a finely crafted storyline. Several different mysteries pop up through the book and will all come together in the end to finally make sense. I hope there will be more on many of the supporting characters in the next book (or two?)..
I didn't realize at first that this was part of a series, but I am now on the hunt to get the others and read the series in order, especially now that I know there is a sequel to this book! Highly recommended reading.