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Fell short of my expectations :(
on 8 May 2011
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and so was really looking forward to getting back into Kate and Silas' stories. Unfortunately I felt that the story didn't really go anywhere.
I did enjoy the events of Silas, and the new character Bandermain (an old enemy of Silas' and leader of the Blackwatch), but felt that Kate just seemed to do what she did best in the first book, escape from capture only to be kidnapped again moments later. I felt no character progression with Kate, she learnt some history of her ancestors, and it makes reference to her learning more about Wintercraft, but we never see her abilities tested, just that she has alot of potential.
Overall I did enjoy it, but I woulnt recommend it as strongly as I did the first book :( I disagree slightly with Vivienne's review in that I felt some of the writing didn't quite fit with what I knew about the characters, but this was only an occasional thing. Although, and this is probably a reflection on what I enjoy to read and why I maybe didn't enjoy this book as much, it is true there is less going on in this book, and is more about the background info, especially about the veil, which got a bit wishy washy at times. Hopefully the next book will focus more on Kate and she will explore her abilities more and develop into the hero figure :)
I don't mean to put people off, I like Jenna B and enjoy her tweets, but these are my honest thoughts. I think reading 'A Game of Thrones' has spoilt me in what I expect from a book now!