Multiple storylines and lots of action. Another master villain (big sigh), as well as bits and pieces that are the same old. BUT I bet that the creature causing all the trouble in the main mystery is a first in all fantasy genre (I challenge you to prove me wrong)! And the whole is exceedingly well-written and well-read. I love the voice and accent, but then I read a lot of British stories.
I advise reading the first book in the series first (never thought I'd say that) - just because there are several key, interesting characters and, having read the first book, I didn't particularly notice if the exposition was helpful. However, a good book is a good book and I bet it stands on its own.
So, is it the first such creature in a fantasy???
I won't spoil the story line by naming the book (Poirot is the detective), but if you're an Agatha Christie fan the puzzle is an easy one and the motive is clear when the family is interviewed.
It has the action and sense of realism that is satisfied by the Horatio Hornblower series, and while Horatio is in the past this book is in the future.
Our heroine is the clear favorite, but I tried not to get attached to any of her company, which was easier due to the similarity of many names. I like the different alien species too and the contrast/conflict between older, more civilized aliens and the younger species, like humans.
I love Harry D., so enjoyed the British version - quieter, less self-righteous, with a more subtle power. In addition, this book created a few well-described creatures/features that were significantly different from other fantasy fiction. The plot was well-done, too. I sure hope the next ones in this series are as good, because if so, this is a great find!
Very little action. She solves a mystery, but with biblical overtones more unbelievable than any of those archeologist/action movies. The most interesting part was her relationship with her other- and her other, a non-human, was the most interesting and sympathetic character. And if she's such a great vampire hunter, why does she get bitten and almost die three times in a couple days? She needs to get her act together! Oh, and stop admiring herself in the mirror.
I loved the accent, the reader, the look into both modern-day and historical England. Add in strongly defined characters and a new twist on the fantasy world. Follow our likeable protagonist into an adventure of discovery!
I'm not a fantasy fan, but I couldn't put this one down.
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