First, I have to say that I enjoy this series.
I think the author really brings life to the places in which her stories take place. Her first couple books had me learning how to make beignets and looking up pictures of the city of New Orleans, and I feel this book also does credit to the mountains that her story is taking place in (Take that with a grain of salt, as I have only been there a couple times).
I enjoy the characters and cultures that she brings to life as well. My favorite above all being Beast. Jane on the other hand often reminds me of an angsty, self-centered, hard-headed teenager instead of some sort of professional, perhaps even more so in this book. This doesn't mean I dislike her character, just that I find myself shaking my head more and more at her choices. She does change to some degree throughout the series, but I can't really call it growth. Still in some instances I like her character. I find her to be a very real person, just one I would occasionally like to shake. Thankfully in the stories Beast often times takes care of that. More like a mother to Jane's child-like behavior.
To sum up the series as a while is worth a read.
Now to the things that get my knickers in a twist.
First and foremost, Rick. I have never liked his character, and although I can be a total sucker for a good bad boy, he never was appealing to me. Never has he shown any concern or loyalty toward Jane in any form. It has always been about what she could do for him. Her statement toward the end of the book about them making a
In complete honesty, the only character I found interesting was Jim.
The main character was a bit dizzy, sort of dim and her decisions made no sense that I could see. Her knowledge was inconsistant, first she seemed to have an understanding gleaned from her hobby of reading about medieval occult practices, but then didn't have a clue about other common magical concepts. Not to mention, her going from a completely disbelieving skeptic into a summoning practioner went really quickly given her constant denial.
All and all I was disappointed, not enough to say it was a waste of a credit, but pretty close.
Also, the narrator was the wrong one for this kind of book, her inflections seemed off, and overly exaggerated. The heaving bosom and sex scenes....well the less said the better.
A few authors I often read in this genre: Nicole Peeler, Jennifer Estep, Jeaniene Frost, Faith Hunter, Gail Carringer, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs
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