The heroine's fear and issues have begun to wear thin and haven't changed enough. Her multiple wanna be lovers is getting a bit tired, as there is no real explanation for it beyond the fact that she's pretty and a nice person. This series started off with a great bang, but now it's puttering. The heroine can kill dozens of demons, vampires, werewolves, and several evil demi-gods things, but won't speak up for herself against those who are treating her like a child. She continues to be trembling-afraid-of and submissive to (and not in a fun submissive to dom kind of way) vamps she could probably whip if she tried while an all powerful god is hers to ask for help at any time. The constant "little girl" stuff is beginning to be irritating. There's a regular ten year old girl out there; with more spine than the 50 year old heroine; who'd make people quit calling her that. And this series started off with a bang and was very fun, too. Disappointing.
This series just went crazy-weird and I couldn't follow it any more. Our insecure, indefatigable heroine goes to alien dimensions/worlds and salt and pepper are on the table. That minuscule detail was so disruptive that it jolted me out of my willing suspension of disbelief and just like that, I was done. I can't tell if she's saving our world, saving their world, or just trying to figure out how to grow a backbone and a clue. Too many doofus guys and not enough character growth/development. I'm done.
I almost gave up on the series after reading book three. But I had to find out if the vampires could redeem themselves and if Lissa continues to submit to their abuse.
I think that the flaws in all of these characters is what makes this series so compellingly complex. The vampires continue to be suck to the very end, never redeeming themselves. Lissa does rebel and flees but always returns. This is very realistic of a male dominated society and for a lonely abused woman. You keep rooting for her and being disappointed when she again submits even though you kind of understand.
The fact that in spite of her power she can't break free from thier dominance makes you become very involved and invested in her story.
I can't for the life of me understand why she believes she loves Gavin. I understand why she fears and distrusts him. But for all of the warnings about how formidable he is as her head assassin fiance. He allows all type of abuse to happen to her without retaliation except against her.
I will read the next installment because I like this powerful flawed woman that may someday come into her own, find her own agenda and make all those dominating males do her bidding for a change.
I keep reading because I hope that Lissa will actually kick people to the curb. Her relationship ship with her husband is pretty much abusive. With so many lies and betrayals? I would have been done with a lot of them after the first couple times. She keeps saying she loves people, but you know what? I don't think she knows what the heck love is, period. How many times can she be hurt by those who are supposed to be her family before she turns away and finds another way out? She won't ever leave, it's frustrating. Holding out she leaves Earth behind and goes to another planet and finds her happily ever after.
I read the reviews and was hesitant at first then burned through the next four books trying to find a resolution...........there was none forthcoming, only an ending to an immediate situation and then a lead in to the next volume. The sad thing is that I really cared for Lissa in the first four books and saw an unfettered Lissa in book 5 that I might have liked even more, but the story just went off track for me at this point. I could care less how many men desire her or decide to share her except that it detracts from the story and from her as a character. I was even willing to accept the jump from earth bound to inter dimensional story line, but not without a strong lead character and an honest rock solid plot line and that is missing here, for me.
I see the greater picture the author was trying for, the vastness of her vision for the origin of the species, I just wish she had let her heroine actually be one and not an immature angry whiner.
Once again, I found myself unable to put this book down (even to do other important stuff let alone go to the bathroom). I HAD to know what was going to happen next, and I can only be thankful that I found this series after the first 6 books were already published. I particularly enjoyed the build-up of how frustrating and confined Lissa feels in her male-dominated world, because there is a very satisfying emotional pay-off in this book. I also appreciate how Connie Suttle takes these imperfect characters who do these stupid and very annoying things, but enables the reader to feel sympathetic towards them. My only nit here is that I am completely baffled with Lissa's feelings for Gavin. However, that's really a small nit in the whole scheme of things and there are so many other things to love about this book and this series. Another highly recommend read in the series.
She has done it again, Blood Royal brings us even deeper into the exciting world that the author has created throughout this series. The development of Lissa has been fantastic ,as we grow with her as she becomes a power in her own right. She truly is a Queen, an the author has brought us along for the ride. All of her characters are so real and as a reader you are able to feel each one and put yourself in each one their shoes. The complexity of the story is what draws you in an keeps you wanting to find out what is going to happen next. The authors ability to develop characters that are so interesting, and the way they interact with each other at so many different levels is masterfully done. I would recommend this series to anyone, be warned once you start you will won't be able to stop