|Submitted by Annie |
(Aug 09, 2006)
I'm a fairly recent Mercedes Lackey fan, I look for her books everytime I go bookshopping. This book, however, struck me as harder to enjoy than others. The plot is thick, which is good, and kept me guessing for most of the book (her ability to plot twist is fantastic).
But the darkness in this series has made me put it down as often as I picked it up. It's not just the tone or the villains (which are quite successfully foul), but in her heroes! As I read the story, I was continually having to remind myself that the hero was a good guy.
Now that may be my preference, I like the good guys to have good qualities, and to have distinct differences from the bad guys. It may be a childish desire, but Mercedes Lackey has proven to give both childish and adult demeanors something to read in previous (or later, if you want to get technical) books. It's one of the reasons I love reading her work. But this book, this series, has not followed that line, and was harder for me to sink my teeth into--and enjoy.
Overall? The book IS an interesting and gripping story, but not because it has a fascinating plot or inspiring characters...but because it's so...disturbing, you keep reading in the hopes of a happy ending, only to find out there are two more books in the series, and even if there is an ending, it's hours of more disturbing literature before you get there.
HOWEVER, if you like more darkness than light in your literature, then pick it up. As much as it scared me, I did like this book, and recommend it. Mercedes Lackey did put a healthy, magical plot into the book, and the characters are worth cheering on. My problem was the lack of hope, not the quality. Besides, as hard is it may have been for an "sunshine and flowers" person like myself enjoy, who doesn't want to check out the darker side of life once in awhile?