|Submitted by Anonymous |
(Apr 05, 2004)
I picked up a copy of The Bristling Wood about three days ago, having already read the first two, Daggerspell and Darkspell, and was interested in reading more. The first half of the book was about as I expected, remaining constant in the quality and content of her previous works, and was enjoyable. The second half, however, had a rather nasty surprise in store for me.
I don't want to give anything away, in the event that someone truly wants to read this book. However, I was very upset with the events that occurred in the second half of the book, and am rather displeased with Kerr for treating her characters (specifically Jill) in such a fashion. Adding that to the fact that it has a rather definite cliffhanger ending, so that the events I was upset about never really were resolved, I must say I came away from this book feeling a fair amount of actual, real anger, something that no other book has managed to cause in me. I literally threw the book aside, when I was done, because I was so upset. I'm unsure, still, whether or not to continue in the series, as I no longer know whether it's the kind of story I want to be reading.
For all of that, I will admit that it is a well-written, gripping tale, and I hope that her other readers will not be so adversely affected.