First, let me say that it is clear to me that Ms. Ward was just as committed to Lover At Last as she was to the other books in the series. The cast of characters - Black Dagger Brotherhood, Band of Bastards, the Baby Powder Brigade, the aristocracy, the spiritual leaders, and the supporting characters - did what they supposed to: they advanced the plot and served as background activity for the main event, i.e., the relationship between Qhuinn and Blay.
Second, while most readers respect the rights of LGBT couples to be 'out', most of us have no first-hand knowledge of how courtship works for persons who are LGBT. From the beginnings, Ms. Ward approaches the relationship between Qhuinn and Blay in such a way that we, the readers, experience the agony and the ecstasy of being in same-gender love. It's a lot like different-gender love, isn't it? I think that was the point.
Finally, can I just say that the sex scenes were hot? I can? Okay, the sex was SMOKIN'!! You go, girl.
J. R. Ward has taken the concept of LGBT courtship out of the closet, so to speak, and put respectfully and gently on center stage in this novel. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Well done, J.R. Well done!
Dear Mercy and Adam Haupman. Maybe it's time for a little sit-down with the local vamps to find out what's on their calendar for the next 12 months or so. You know, coordinate a little better. It seems that you all are always on the defensive. I don't know... What do you think?
I just seems that invariably, someone outside the pack is causing trouble for one or more of the wolves, Sometimes the werewolves are caught off guard unexpectedly. This isn't the firs time this is happened.
Maybe the Marrock should come down there are kick some werewolf and vampire ass, and things would settle down some. Surely, there someone in the pack with psychic powers you could consult to avoid the B.S. that comes your way on a regular basis.
What you think? Get Charles and Anna to kick some butt? Huh?
It's a fun read, like the rest of them, but not much happens to move the overarching plot along.
I'm writing this book after having listened twice. It's very metaphysical and listening to it requires a different level of thinking. The overarching plot moved along, but not very satisfyingly.
Hmmm. Maybe I should read it again.
Blood Trade is an excellent addition to the Jane Yellowrock series. The book has a good plot, there's plenty of action and as I learned more about Jane and her supporting cast of characters, I came to like them a whole lot (love is too strong a word). Plus, the bad guys are really, really bad and the good guys are, at heart, pretty good.
I like to see the main characters grow up some as a result of their experiences, and Faith Hunter does a wonderful job of making Jane grow. I especially liked the inner theological dialogue and the ongoing spiritual journey.
Good job, Faith! When's the next one coming out??
The plot was a departure from the previous plotlines. It had potential.
Not one bit. This is urban fantasy: you either like it or you don't.
Not at all. I'm sorry, Ms. Estep, but I'm done. I think the story line is ruined by the author's use of creative writing rules, like the rule of 3 adjectives for each noun. In theory, using the Rule of 3 seems like a good idea. In reality, the repetitive mechanics made me think the author had a contract clause for a book with at minimum number of words, and that she used this rule, and others, to fill out the story.
For example: "I could hear the drip,drip, drip of the blood from the knife onto the floor." Or, "I was learning to control, manipulate and focus my magic." Or, "sloppy, sloppy, sloppy..." Really?
I wanted to like this story. I really did. I tried ignoring the adjective overuse, I even tried listening to the very slow narration at a faster speed so I could skip the parts that were irrelevant repetition. I was willing to overlook these flaws, until the author described a passionate kiss with her long-separated boyfriend. "Our tongues dueled with each other..." Really?? Ewwww!! Yuck! Blechh!
So, I say this with much regret: skip the book and save your credits for something really worthwhile. Bye-bye. Adios. See you later.
I would have rewritten the book.
Repetitive, repetitive, repetitive.
Absolutely! The vocal characterizations helped give the story depth.
The hunt for Ku Sachs
This one is much better than the Kitty... stories.
It made me sigh with relief. If I have to hear one more angst-ridden main character, I'll scream. I think it's because I'm getting older.
Best book of the entire series. And I should know: I've read them all.
Yes, but only if my friend really loved the whole 50's culture.
I've read the other series Ms. Pettersson wrote, and gave her points for both the kitsch and the underlying 'anything is possible so let's go as far out as possible' philosophy. In this book, I took the points away because I am not a fan of Rockabilliy culture. I got it. I just didn't like it. I wonder what the characters would have done if they weren't written to respond like 50's stereotypes.
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Fifty points for Plot Originality. Minus forty points for the Rockabilly culture. Boo. Hiss.
I purchased "An Artificial Night" after listening to the first two books on my iPod. I loved this book! The characters were well developed and the plot was excellent! The book has strong sequencing and the arc of the story was wonderful. I've read many, many SF-F books from all the highly acclaimed authors and this ranks right up with the best of them.
Purchase this title. You'll be glad you did.
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