First of all, thanks to the author for the free copy of the saga, because I can promise you that I would never, under any circumstances conceivable, have paid money for this book. It's supposed to be YA - and I promise that the YA's that this (supposedly) is written for are all morons.
Somehow, Mr. Robertson takes what should be a breathtaking, interesting set of historically accurate books and made them both banal and boring. These vampires have got to be the most uninteresting, 2 and sometimes uni dimensional characters ever to be trivialized in such a fashion. Princess Kristen is a tough, smart assassin - until she isn't, which happens pretty fast (she gets captured and has to be rescued. YAWN). Prince Kolbe, one of her triplet sibs, is, well, dumb as a box of rocks, although he supposedly is one hunka-hunka well-polished manhood. Princess Kylie is the Eternally Needing Rescue "heroine". Standard swords 'n sorcery fantasy plotline #3.
This is a pretty ambitious undertaking, and I applaud Mr. Robertson for having done so. Unfortunately, his ambition doesn't rise to the challenge, and neither does his writing.
Plot: There's a feud going on between the utterly GOOD vampires and the utterly EVIL werewolves. Werewolves kill King George, who beheads them as he lies dying - and that's a plot point that really bothered me. If there's that sort of blood feud going on, where were the magical wards on the castle and the grounds? Along towards the end, we find that Evil Loki, who has been kicked out of (I presume) Heaven is the one that's been stirring up all the trouble - because (wait for it) the werewolves are his CHILDREN. Kinda like dark angels but with fangs and bad attitudes. Oh, and I forgot to mention that Loki is actually (GASP) SATAN in disguise, and God is not happy with him for causing so much trouble. Which is in the resolution in Book #4.
17 years after The Death Of King George, we find the triplets training to be assassins. In, I'll add, purple costumes with lavender leather boots. More mayhem ensues, more bloody deaths caused by the EBIL werewolves in the form of the son of the dead Alpha. Kidnappings, murder, sword fights, more mayhem - oh, and a bunch of humans that the vampires are protecting, whether the humans want them to or not. Apparently humans share the same evil prejudice against vampires as do the werewolves. SHAME ON THEM. Oh, and some quickie sex action. Barely there, and barely worth mentioning.
The rest of the saga is more of the same, just interchangeable names and undistinguished faces. Oh, and every single, solitary time anybody opens their mouths, the person that they're speaking to or talking about has their ENTIRE title and their ENTIRE name used before the thought is uttered. Banal, boring - and unforgiveable. These are not vampires or werewolves, they're simply cardboard cutouts with no redeeming characteristics.
I plowed through this series because I was hoping for something at least interesting, and I was very disappointed. I found the pacing to be very uneven, the plot nonexistant, the "action" to be, as I said, standard plot #3 (except, of course, it was a lot more savage), the dialogue to creak like a set of arthritic knees, and so purple that it practically bled the colour onto my Android and the editing to be pretty much non-existant as well. Spelling and grammatcial errors GALORE - which, of course, interrupts pacing. By the time I got to Book #4, I was wishing that I had a paper copy so that I could throw it against the wall. You know that you're not enjoying a book or a set of books when counting the mistakes is more fun than reading the book itself is.
This is probably one of the worst-written books it's ever been my misfortune to read. Nothing is explained, from why the humans aren't ever around anywhere, to why the vampires are such goody-goodies (think the Men In White Hats), to why the werewolves are so vicious, to . . . well, I'm sure by now that you get the picture. Too much description of eyes/bodies/hair, and all of it so . . boring. There are far too many of the "Well, Chet, as I was saying" speeches, too much too much TOO MUCH. This is just one big, sloppily written and executed mess. The worst thing that happened was the "redemption" of the werewolves together with their begging to be forgiven by the all-loving, Christian vampires. Sheesh.
I WISH that Mr. Robertson had taken a bit more time and NOT made all of his cake-eating, snake-blood drinking vampires to be such Marty Stus and Mary Sues. I WISH that Mr. Robertson had taken a bit more time to make the characters interesting. I REALLY wish that Mr. Robertson had written a set of books that had a lot more going for it than the historicl references.
Too large a canvas, and too minimal a brush. That's so sad.