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I did not like this book at all. I enjoy a good fantasy novel and am always keen to find a book which makes it enjoyable to suspend my disbelief but this was not one of those books. It is just silly. The 'hot' scenes were so contrived it was ridiculous. The descriptions of the main character which I assume are meant to convey how sexy she is were annoying. The idea of otherworldly creatures existing in an every day setting and even the broader plot are great but the writing and characters were not for me.
I've been a die hard reader of her other series with Anita Blake and have grown tired of all the sleeping around with so many men I can't keep track of their names, so I though I'd try her Faroe series. My to my disappointment it was the same background story, sleeping around with numerous men. When I went to trade the book in for cash, they only have me 50 cents for it. Shows how good it really is.
From the beginning, I could not identify with, or enjoy any of the characters in the novel. I found them flat and lifeless. Everyone is flawed, but no one seems redeemable. I always need someone to cheer for, and the heroine of the book, while potentially interesting, never becomes human enough.
I have been a fan of science fiction since I was 10 and rapidly adapted to fantasy just after college. This is perhaps the worst trash I have ever read. I actually stuck with the book to the end because I felt a book so highly rated ... would eventually recover. The book has absolutely no plot, none! With science fiction and adult fantasy you have to develop a believable world with a set of rules that seem to fit. There are no rules here, and this world is strictly helter skelter. Finally, although I can occasionally enjoy a good sex scene, this piece of trash is nothing but one soft porn scene after another and take my word for it this porn is BORING! Save your money.
I am never going to read another book by this author. I keep nearly flinging my Kindle across the room--fortunately I remember that it's not a paperback and refrain in time. If I hear the words "spill" "spilled" or "spilling" again anytime in the next few years I may vomit from the overexposure. Can she really think of no other word to describe someone's hair, clothing, etc??
The plot is worthless, where you can even find one. The character development is nonexistent. The entire book is just a framework upon which to hang long, tedious descriptions of characters' skin, eyes, and clothing or to describe the endless sexual escapades of the characters. The sex scenes are so boring that by midway through the book I started just skimming through to find the end of the scene so I could get on with finishing the story of the book and finally be done with the stupid thing. As an example: she spent 6 pages [Kindle pages, may be different in print] describing the main character being helped out of a pair of thigh-high stockings. I was about to tear my hair out from the boredom.
I would not only avoid this book, but will avoid anything else by this author and suggest that others do the same. What a turd.
I found this book extremely difficult to get through. I put it down several times, took a day or two break and then tried again.
Laurell K. Hamilton has an extremely down-to-earth tone in her writing that makes this book addicting even when I found the storyline appallingly bad. Very often, it felt like Meredith's past was being forced on me through exposition and her character explained rather than experienced.
For example, we're told that Meredith is a very nice person and everyone seems to love her, but why? She's beautiful and nice enough, but never anything outstanding or exemplary. The erotic parts of the novel are good steamy fun, but she nevers seems to connect with any one person. Her initial relationship with Roan and her boss Jeremy are the closest the author gets in having Meredith make an actual connection with another character. Every other relationship in the novel seems exploited by easy sexuality. There is a tendency of introducing multiple characters at one time -- characters that also disappear again so quickly that it seems unnecessary to even remember their name.
There were several passages that turned my stomach -- leading to the periods when I had to put down the book -- because they were so alienating to me, as a reader. I skimmed over many pages when the narration turned to (to summarize): date rape, tentacle sex, sex with warted hags, malformed goblin masturbation, etc. etc...
As addicting as Ms. Hamilton's writing is(and as steamy as the sex scenes were)this book isn't worth it. I couldn't finish the last 10% of it, much less any more novels about this character.
I've read many books by this author in hopes I would enjoy some. But maybe I'm not into metaphysical this, metaphysical that. Every man in every book of hers has hair down to his ankles and boots with buckle up to his knees. These men are supposed to sound appealing ... not like women. I give up on this author.