I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. It seemed from the write up that it would have a very heavy supernatural bend to it. It does,..Show More » but it doesn't at the same time. Hard to explain, but the world, the characters, and their motivations and behaviours do not feel supernatural, even if their existence is (this is a good thing, by the way). The "bad guys" are varied and supernatural in nature, but their actions are realistic, and how they are dealt with is believable.
The background/history of the characters and the world and how they got to where they are was really well-doled out/paced. We aren't subjected to lectures or long histories, but little snapshots of the past just in time to stretch out some suspense or fill a gap. There is a fairly consistent sense of humour throughout which actually comes across quite well as it fleshes out the main character, and certainly makes him more likeable.
There is an oddly placed fairly detailed erotic scene as we get close to the end of the novel. Not sure why this scene was so far into the story, nor why it was so detailed when other similar scenes were more cursory in nature. It was a well-done scene, just so much more detailed than other scenes that it felt more like it was fulfilling a specific requirement for X pages of erotica, instead of progressing the story.
I think the story ended at a logical point, but it isn't really resolved... and it doesn't feel like justice was properly served (but, then again, there wasn't a huge 'wrong' to be righted here, just a general sense that immortals are bad and should be removed). It seems clear that there are more books planned for this series; I would certainly read them.
When I first started the book, I thought the choice of a female narrator was a bit odd since the main character is male. That being said, however, she does an excellent job, and you can tell each of the characters apart easily; no exaggeration... she really does a terrific job, but it was still a bit odd when the narrator made a reference to being male (particularly in reference to sexual activities).
There are some sex scenes, but they are not particularly graphic. There is some non-graphic violence and I don't recall any foul language.
Okay... I hate to admit it, but... I looked up the author on the internet because I was convinced it was a female writer (it is not). Why, you might a..Show More »sk, did I wonder this? Well, because the female characters are fully realized, and not just objects to be rescued, and the main (male) character is sensitive and responsive - like a woman might want a man to be - rather than crass and manly like many 'action' heroes are.
Of course, Ring is not really an action hero, and this novel falls into the urban fantasy genre, not the action genre. But it is only urban fantasy in that some of the characters are immortal... the story itself, and the main characters, all have a feeling of realism. In fact, the biggest reason why this novel doesn't really feel like an urban fantasy is because of the quality of the writing, and the lack of 'cheese'.
Maggert has fantastic vocabulary. The book almost feels like literature, but it is not dense or heavy - it just has a lovely use of language. There is some non-graphic sex, which was well-placed and... I don't recall any swearing.
Overall, this book is actually better than book one was - and that's saying something since book one was pretty good. This one has a more concrete resolution, and characters which are consistent internally and over time as well. It was not a cliff-hanger ending, but I will read any more in the series. I think that if you were going to pick up this book, though, you might enjoy it more if you read the first book first since the characters will make more sense if you do - and this is definitely a character driven novel.
The narration is terrific. It's a female narrator for a male main character, but don't worry, she doesn't narrate the men in "falsetto", and each of her characters are distinctly voiced.
Hmmm... I didn't like this book as much as the previous two in the series, and I'm actually hesitant to admit that. I spent extra time trying to figur..Show More »e out, specifically, why this is...
The story felt... well... abridged. New characters are introduced, but I don't see the point of them (unless they are getting ready to appear in the next book... but, even so, they should have had a point in this book - I failed to see it.) Sure, I can think up some reasons why they were added, but none of them feel like necessary reasons - the story could have carried on to the same conclusion without them.
And even the key bad guy feels abridged: he is referenced a few times, toward the first part and middle of the novel, and then all of a sudden shows up for the final battle... one minute he was "heading West" and the next time we see him, he has suddenly arrived to the exact place he needed to be. It was like a segment explaining his point (and why he was headed for our hero's group) was cut out of the story. I think there was room for this, but ... this is why the story feels abridged... lots of things happened, but they were sudden and unexpected, like the chapter(s) leading up to these events were cut out of the story.
The main 3 characters are as well done as in the first two books, and they even showed a bit of growth and change, so that part of the story was still very well done... it was just the appearance of all these new characters (both good and bad) near the first of the book, then nothing else about them until the very end of the book (and some not even then) that made the story feel odd. Yes, there was one early "pop in" character that had a point later in the story so perhaps these others were there to camouflage that one character (i.e. hide the important red herring in a pot of red herrings)...
Anyway, it's still a 4 star story, just not the 5 star of the previous book. This story is not intended to be the starting point of this series and, while it does stand alone, the bulk of the story is based on the characters - characters you would have to know from books 1 and 2 to appreciate (basically, start the series with book 1).
The narration is excellent. There is no gore or swearing, though there is some non-graphic sex.
Each book in this series just keeps getting better and better! But if you have not read any of the others, don't worry about it. You will not start ..Show More »at an effective disadvantage, and will most likely feel an instant addiction and hunt out the others anyway. The basic characters and those added along in preceding books are joined by several new ones as a new and truly horrifying demon appears and must be terminated along with her minions. The characters are well developed and the visualization of activities and settings are extremely clear and well written. The author's apparent encyclopedic knowledge of arcane lore of multiple civilizations is astounding for it's scope and the ability to immerse the reader into painless knowledge. Rebecca Cook is an astonishingly excellent audio performer in every sense of the term.