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5.0 out of 5 starsNot in the cards
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2018
Imaginative new series with a lot of action, intricate parts, and friendship. Ernestine, Ernie for short, is unwittingly thrust into a game of wits, terror, and danger when she stumbles into an argument between her mother and a threatening stranger. Her mom had always been kooky and into mystical and herbal charms, but when Ernie learns a little more about the history behind her strangeness she is transported into a world of fate and struggles, literally. And she really hates snakes, doesn't she? Intrigued? You will be!
What a terrible disappointment. Such a shame because it was an interesting premise, well planed in a world that had it's own set of rules. The supporting characters were fully fleshed out and very interesting in their own right. So why only two stars? The heroine is impulsive and constantly makes bad choices and puts herself in peril for no other reasons than to move the story along. The hero is emotionally and mentally abusive. He is arrogant and also makes poor choice after poor choice. He constantly lies and with holds information and causes a great deal of the problems that they have to face. It is not till he is captured and held hostage and out heroine gets out from his control that she can come into her own and save the day. Of course the minute he is freed she is expected to go back to being the same ditz that she was before. Will not read another book by this author.
Your books , and I've read quite a few, draw me into the story as if I was really there. Thehe people and the places seem so real to me. Your imagination is awesome, and being able to write about is a true gift. Always look forward to the next book!
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Immortal Dealers was a blast!
Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2019
I really liked the set-up and could easily see this story (and two sequels) as a series converted to the SyFi channel, akin to The Magicians. There are a wealth of interesting characters to get to know and an entire world history that kept my attention throughout. Perhaps there were a few more battle scenes than I liked, but even those were unique in how they rolled out. This was very entertaining throughout and I hope the series continues!
A little slow and so very much exposition to get the world of the Immortal Dealers established... but I stuck around because I was totally into Gabe, and I’ll read the next one to see where his story goes. Not Sarah Fine’s best, but readable. I’ll see how the next one goes.
5.0 out of 5 starsI read for free, then purchased to keep! Highly unusual for me!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 19, 2020
This is an utterly brilliant concept set. I have nothing but praise, I loved it all! (Only slight criticism was maybe she could have used dna from her father (or mother) to shortcut part of the story.)
2.0 out of 5 starsNot nearly as good as her previous books
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 21, 2018
I really enjoyed some of her other books but the stage Irish character in The Serpent was too "Gosh and Begorra" to be believed. No-one speaks like that. The story line just didn't do it for me. I stopped reading about a third into it.