This book feels like Harry Potter meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Well, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer rated R for sexual content. MacAlister's heroine is hilarious as she struggles with the arcane underworld of Europe's demon princes, guardians, wyverns, and other magical folk.
My only difficulty was that this book seems to be third in a series. When will Audible.com be making the first two books in the series available?
Though not quite up to the Green Dragon series, this book is great fun. My only complaint is that the next volume in the Silver Dragons' series is not yet available in an audible format. This volume really leaves the reader hanging at the end.
The event of this novel occur before those of "The Devil's Heiress," not after them as suggested in the Publisher's review printed on this site.
Laura and Stephen aren't boring. Beverley does a great job of presenting the way fear of rejection prevents the hero from making a move that could dash his hopes forever. I also love the way the secondary plot keeps the reader guessing, finally rewarding those who interpreted the numerous clues correctly.
As a teacher and scholar, I've always steered clear of fan fiction and books by modern writers who attempt to exploit Austen's books and characters, but a serious Austen scholar recommended "Austenland" and I'm really glad she did. It is great fun for anyone with a thorough knowledge and love of Austen's fiction who is also able to maintain a critical distance. As the characters have their Austenland experience, they keep shifting into different subject positions from Austen's novels. Thus we keep going back and forth between characters in "Sense and Sensibility," "Mansfield Park," "Persuasion," "Emma," and, of course, "Pride and Prejudice."
I suspect that some of the negative reviews of this book are by readers who feel themselves too closely represented and thus embarrassed by "Miss Charming," a character who is a savage, satiric send-up of an American Anglophile more addicted to Austen's romance plots than aware of the biting irony with which Austen presents them.
I foolishly wasted a credit on this book thinking that I would go with the ratings rather than the single review posted here. I thought well, I've liked other books by this author, so I can at least use it to take my mind off my worries so I can relax and fall asleep. But this book is beyond boring. There is no plot. It could not even keep enough of my attention to enable me to sleep. It is that bad.
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