"Feels in the moment" reviewer. No long, analytical reviews from this girl.
This story was definitely an improvement over the last few stories. While I did enjoy it, I found much more wrong with it. (Spoilers...kinda).
To start, I was quite disappointed that we didn't get to see any of Granuaile's training. None. And that was the biggest problem with this story. Everything else I found lacking in this novel wouldn't be an issue if we were able to see Granuaile's training. 12 years later and training complete, I find it very unbelievable that she would react the way she did in certain situations, or she would ask questions that should have been asked and answered a decade again. And, seriously? You want me to believe that she and Atticus were able to go 12 years of physical contact/marital arts training without caving to the crazy sexual chemistry?
Another issue I have is Atticus suddenly displaying their traits or quirks that only last for the duration its usefulness and never to show up again. Back in Book 3 while he was in the Norse plane he had Spock and Kirk debates in his head. Very Angel-Devil on the shoulder style. That never showed up. This time he mentally holds conversations with the figment Archdruid mentor in his head. Now, these traits wouldn't be a problem if comments similar to "I do this when I'm bored or stressed" weren't tagged along with those traits. But they never show up again. It's nitpicky, I know, but it really bothered me.
Anyway, I did enjoy this story. I loved Granuaile saving Atticus, although I would still love to see her training. I enjoy the direction Atticus's relationship with Leif is. He should just give in. Stop fighting it. Embrace the vampire. And I look forward to this next few stories. As long as Oberon is around, I'll still be here.
Paranoia pays off
the dog, because he's full of wry commentary
enjoy the whole series
I like this series. This particular book felt a bit more like it was a waystation between larger developments, rather than a real plot line of its own -- that is, it was a lot of things that happened around the attempt to initiate his apprentice as a druid. I'm invested in the series, so I was happy to spend time with them and see Various Crises Dealt With, but I was just more aware than with most of these books that this was part of an ongoing story rather than a tidy story in itself.
The stories have a bit too much going on. I prefer the build up to fight one bad guy instead of four five big fights. But the charters are great. As is the banter.
I like black tea, crossword puzzles, food, yarn, and my boyfriend. Everything else is hit or miss.
YES, infinitely so. Even if it were not for the stunning and masterful performance given by Luke Daniels, the prevalence of words, phrases, and names in other languages (especially the Gaelic ones) make this far easier to listen to than to read.
The vast number of voices and the consistency he brings to his characters. They really are alive when you're listening, and given the sheer scope of the cast of characters in this series the fact that they all have their own voices is impressive beyond belief.
Best book in this series thus far and by long measure. Very funny, intense action and plot formation with sexual tensions running high between the wise Druid and his lovely, badass apprentice!
In this installment our poor favorite druid, druid in training, and Irish Wolf Hound couldn't get worse. But it does. The bright side is it makes for another great read. I have already got the next book "Hunted" and can't wait to hear how they manage to get through the mess awaiting.
I'm loving the relaxed style a la Dresden and the original Laurell K Hamilton novels. Unlike Hamilton, Hearne has been able to maintain badassery (in the words of Oberon the hound) without devolving into a freak show. Excellent reader, pacing, and story. Write faster. I'm catching up....