I hope the next book in this series will have more promise. This first book covered ground about witches and witch hunts that has been better done by other authors. With that said, it did establish the characters in this series and they have great potential. I iked the characters, the setting and the premise within the timeline; so I am looking forward to reading the next book with the thought it will hold more promise, e.g., a story/plot that is better thought and plotted.
The plot was all over the place, and all of the focus on "blood rage" was tedious. The witch elements from the first two books and story were mostly dropped in the final book for a plot that centered on blood rage and the vampire family power struggle. This plot path and the blood rage elements, in my opinion, became tiresome. So many scenes were urgent one minute, then dropped the next, and there were unresolved loose ends. If Harkness has plans for a fourth book, I will not be standing in line to read it. Obviously from my review, this was not an enjoyable read, I really had to plod through it. The Audible narrator did a fine job, but the material in the book itself left me disappointed.
She did a great job reading, just a largely disappointing plot and story.
Returning Jack and Father Hubbard was an unnecessary plot twist away from the first two books in my opinion. Also, the whole blood rage thing got tiresome.
Based on the first two books this should have been a much more satisfying read.
The book was not up to par with the other books in this series. I struggled to finish it and I usually look forward to George's books.
The whole storyline was tedious. The characters were uninteresting and the regular characters were doing things "out of character" and made the story a bit far fetched to this reader. The move to Italy and the kidnapping was an uninteresting plot for a Lindley book. Also, the book opened with Inspector Lindley at a roller derby ring; and, he was there because he's a a crush or love interest in one the roller derby skaters. Did I forget to mention that he's an Earl. Oh my, all the things that made him interesting when he was wooing his deceased wife Deborah made this a very disappointing read. I'm not very interested in the direction the characters are taking.
The reading was fine; the book was uninteresting.
I will not buy the next book. Very sad, because I really did enjoy this series.
I like the witch part of the story best. However, unfortunately, I'm not a fan of the vampire genre.
Yes, but only if they are interested in stories that include vampires.
Meeting Queen Elizabeth.
Yes, it was worth the listening time. The timeline and history timeline was well researched by the author.
The narrator did a great job.
I found the characters not very interesting,the story tedious and the plot very slow moving, so much so that I gave up on it after part I. Perhaps fans of H.G. Wells would find it more interesting.
I would not be interested in other books by this author. I found every little nuance in the book seemed to drag on and I felt it was overwritten.
The reader did a nice job, but because I did not enjoy the story or the overly dramatic plot, I couldn't appreciate the reader's efforts to the fullest.
I was facinated with the books cover and concept; however, it was overlong and a tedious read for me.
I had seen many favorable reviews so I'm sure there are fans for this genre. I had expected a mystery fantasy and was disappointed because I felt the story and plot was very slow moving. I didn't finish part I, and abandoned it.
I always look forward to a William Monk or Thomas Pitt book release.
Both Monk and his wife Hester are realistic characters.
Ralph Lister does an excellent job reading the Perry novels.
Introducing Scuff into the Monk household was a nice addition.
Since this is a series that is character driven, for new readers of this series, I would suggest starting at the beginning of the with "Face of a Stranger".
Although I'm a fan of Penny's previous books in the series, this book did not live up to my expectations.
Before I purchase her next book in the series, I will read the readers' reviews.
The performance of the reader was excellent, it was the plot and subplot in this book that disappointed this reader.
I didn't mind that this book wasn't set in Three Pines, instead, I was looking forward to the change. However, the plot in this book and the narratives about the music seemed to drone on and on. By the time I reached the end of the book, I didn't really care who the perpetrator of the murder was. Of further significance was the unplausable drama in the subplot regarding the conflict between Gamache and his chief, and particularly, Jean Guy's misguided loyalty just did not ring true.
A thoroughly good read. It's hard to believe that this is a first novel; the writing and plot were stylish. I'm hoping that it isn't too long until a second book is in print.
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