First, if you don't want to hear graphic descriptions of torture and life in the mid-1600s then you might want to avoid this book. The local midwife has been accused of witchcraft and tossed in prison. Back in those days people were tortured until they got a confession so there are several descriptive torture scenes. The townspeople believe in witchcraft and devils (this story takes place 70 years after the witch trials where about 60 women were accused of witchcraft and killed) and see signs of it in the most innocent of things and hysteria starts to rise and demands are made for the midwife/witch to be killed. Mob mentality arises and has to be subdued.
As I said earlier, the book gets very graphic in descriptions of the hangman's trade and also other atrocities committed by the mercenaries of the time and also the treatment of women and children.
The title is a little misleading in that even though the hangman does have a daughter and she plays a small role, the majority of the book is centered around the hangman and the university-educated son of the local doctor trying to figure out who is responsible for the murders and destruction of property since they believe in the midwife's innocence.
This book reminded me a little of Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon which centered around a witch trial in 1699. If you enjoyed that book you would probably enjoy this one as well.
I enjoy a series where the main character grows and develops as has happened in this one. All the characters are well developed and you learn more and more about them as the series continues. In this one we got to learn about witches and a new generation of vampires that are a lot harder to kill and have developed new immunities and characteristics - and naturally not the good kind. There's also the developing relationships between Jane, Eli, Ricky Bo and Bruiser, plus you learn a little more of Jane's early years.
The narrator did a fantastic job like usual.
I like Ms. Hunter's Yellowrock series but I'm afraid I'll have to pass on continuing this series. I most likely missed a lot of the book because there were way too many words of desription in between segments of action so the mind would drift and I didn't care to rewind to see what I had missed while the mind drifted. I did enjoy the spell gone wrong part with the hens and roosters. That was pretty funny.
I'm not sure which category this book was listed under but it's more of an inspirational story than a mystery. It's also a slow romance book. There were religious undertones, conversations and thoughts. That having been said it wasn't too overwhelming and if you like slow, clean, getting to know you romances with a little bit of excitement and action (no sex and the violence was low-key since it is an inspirational book) you would like this book. It jumps back and forth between different characters thoughts of what was happening at the moment or what had happened in the past that brought everyone to the crossroads they were at. The characters are well-developed and fleshed out.
Looking over the reviews I saw a lot of complaints of the narrator but I didn't think he was that bad. I actually liked his voice.
I've listened to several books in this series and this one is my least favorite so far, probably because Dutch didn't have much of a role maybe. I did enjoy the interaction between Abby, Candace and the over-the-top Cat but the rest of the story seemed to be lacking something, maybe too many close calls. It seemed no matter what they did the bad guy seemed to find them quickly so off they go again. At least the bad guy was a surprise.
The narrator could have been a lot better.
The story starts out pretty intensely. A demoted State trooper is on his way to his new post in Alaska. When he gets there he gets off the plane in the middle of a crime scene. A man's head had been removed by a plane's propeller. The State trooper that was stationed there turns it over to Liam and without really briefing Liam on the job gets on the plane and leaves. Liam is thrust into one situation after another without having time to change into his uniform or even finding a place to live.
After the beginning the story sort of goes downhill. The description of Alaska and what it took to be a herring spotter were interesting but the rest of the story was kind of lame.
There was one reviewer who did a pretty good analysis of the book which I would have to agree with. Liam doesn't like himself so it's hard for us to like him.
Jane is unexpectedly turned into a vampire when she's mistaken for a deer on the side of the road and shot by a drunk. A stranger she met at the bar had been following her to make sure she got home all right but unfortunately not close enough to prevent the accident. The stranger just happens to be a vampire and to save her life he turns her.
Like so many in Half Moon Hollow Jane is full of sarcasm and humor trying to adjust to her new lifestyle without revealing the change in her status to family and friends. There's also a good mystery of trying to figure out who is out to get her. The ghost of her favorite recently deceased aunt was also a nice touch and added some very funny moments to the story.
If you want to listen to something to pick up your spirits this one would be a good one to try.
The narrator also did a great job.
The second book in the series was as good as the first one, although this time there was more action than romance. Tiago had been sent to find and protect Tricks after an assassination attempt. The Wyr had been protecting her since her uncle had murdered the rest of her family so he could ascend the throne of the Dark Fae. Now that he's gone Tricks had left the Wyr to go back to her land as the rightful queen and evidently someone didn't want her to succeed.
Tiago has his work cut out for him trying to protect her, but luckily he's up to the task since Tricks doesn't make it easy. There's lots of action, a little romance and humor along the trail of discovering who doesn't want Tricks to be the next Queen of the Dark Fae..
The narrator did an excellent job and I loved the way she did Tricks. Even the male voices were pretty good.
No, it wasn't that interesting. There wasn't that much actual action.
I've read several of her other books.
The narrator did a great job and probably earned it an extra star. There just wasn't much character development, especially for the main characters. The only character I ended up really caring about was Elijah, and feeling sort of sorry for Adrian.
Since this is a trilogy and I already have the second book I'll continue with the story, although there's a good chance if I didn't have the second book I probably wouldn't have continued.
As of right now Audible only has the first two books of the trilogy.
In between the action, and sometimes even in the middle, it was like being at an event and standing with someone who just goes on and on until you can finally get away and find someone more interesting. This book might have gotten a higher rating if the soliloquies were a little shorter. They were so long that I would start to get bored and my mind would drift and I didn't care enough to rewind. It was also very confusing at times so you weren't sure what was happening. Luckily there was an explanation at the end.
This is the only book I've listened to in the series so I'm sure I missed a lot of background but there were enough explanations that I don't think you really needed to read/listen to them first.
The narrator was okay but at times was hard to understand when she was doing Ray, who turned out to be one of my favorite characters just because he was so funny.
Tynan, a hunter who is also a vampire that shifts into a cat, is sent by his queen to find a seer to help save her dynasty. He finds what he thought at first was a seer but she turns out to be much more.
Besides a few differences it was a typical vampire love story. It sort of dragged in places and wasn't really that interesting. You have your typical love scenes which didn't drag out too long like some do. It was an okay book but nothing that really set it apart from other vampire love stories.
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