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on 11 December 2012
The story just keeps on getting better. This book spends half and half between earth and altair, and delves into the story off the leading vampiric characters. Patti Roberts must have a stunning mind to keep the plot coming and the characters just growing and growing. there is a real sense of despair that the next instalment is so far away, and so many questions yet to be answered. I would be happy if this series went on for another 20 books over 10 years.
on 29 October 2012
Bound By Blood - Patti Roberts
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
As readers of Ms Roberts' work will be aware, this is the third book in a series about fallen angels, and a love that transcends space and time. My remarks are primarily about Bound by Blood, but in a more general way can be taken to apply to the series as a whole as published to date, comprising the first three books.
The story is gripping and well told, and it seems clear that Ms Roberts has carefully planned out the whole series before starting. The world in which the action takes place is convincing and believable, provided that one can accept the idea of fallen angels as vampires. Some readers may find this theologically questionable, but in a work of fantasy fiction these things are perfectly allowable. With all of the vampire fiction that is constantly spawning these days, it was refreshing to find a genuinely original take on the subject.
The action moves swiftly and the book is a real page turner. The characters are beautifully drawn and quite believable. I was quite delighted with it, and will certainly look forward with pleasure to the advent of further books in the series. This is in spite of the fact that in general I find vampires appallingly tedious.
In the few places where sexual activity is depicted, it is treated with delicacy and restraint. I wish more modern writers would exert such control.
Ms Roberts is a seasoned writer and has quite obviously spent many years developing her craft. To me, this book is like a richly embroidered sampler, demonstrating her mastery of many techniques.
The voices of the different characters use different language and are most believable. The tone of the writing varies according to the subject matter, and at different times we are treated to low comedy, spine-chilling horror, romance and at times the true Gothic tone. Ms Roberts' descriptions of scenes are a particular treat, and in my opinion her ability in this area stands with that of Dickens. At different times we see used past tense, present tense, first and third persons, all with equal facility, and, which is even more rare, used appropriately to further the impact of the work. I was glad to see no instances of the egregious second person narrative.
I have only one serious criticism to make of this work, and that is that the suspense ending prevents the book from standing alone, as a truly perfect novel must be able to do.
Overall, I was delighted with the book, and its preceding books, and I believe that in this writer we have a truly major talent.
on 20 February 2014
I have just finished book 4, and I love this series, but I found this particular book the least satisfying... There are rather a lot of subsidiary characters and associated sub plots, and not quiet enough emotional bond with them... consequently I began getting a little confused as to whom was whom..and found it a little frustrating and confusing ( although that may be reader failier rather than writer, lol sorry Patti).. But this said, it did not put me off buying the forth book, and devouring it.
I love this series, and cant wait for 5.... so would urge you all to bear with 3, if like me, you find yourself struggling to relate the characters to each other..I found visiting Patti's web pages and seeing the images she used helped. 3 does move the storey along, and helps explain the relationships in the alternative universe'.... I just felt at times rather like I was at wedding and having been introduced to everyones relations at the beginning of the evening,after a couple of glasses of wine I was sitting at a table desperately trying to remember who was related to who so that I could follow the conversation....