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Sebastian and Hero Have Hardly Any Time Together In This Book - Hugely Disappointing.
on 25 July 2014
I can't give this book the customary 5 stars that I have given the rest of the books. Of course, it was well written but I was extremely disappointed that Sebastian and Hero were given hardly any quality time together. Worse yet - hardly any time together period. With the birth of the baby pressing on their minds, in particular the fact the baby was apparently determined to be born feet first, you would think Ms. Harris might have had mercy on the fans and given us a little more sweet romance than she allotted for this book.
The mystery was also kind of a second rate version of the other books. Although the premise was interesting - involving a group of French royalists who were hibernating in England waiting for Napoleon to finish his misdeeds so they could get back in power as God's appointed rulers over France, you might have thought this would be one of the better mysteries. Yes, there were some mysterious happenings which might have/could be related to the little lost prince - Louis-Charles, Dauphin of France. That possibility was woven into the fabric of the storyline. But, other third rate bad guys such as Bullock who had a grudge against Alexi Sauvage was downright boooorrrring!
We know going in that Sebastian and Alexi had some history - this was apparent if one took the time to read the promos on the book. However, we barely get the story and not, in my opinion, the full story of exactly what transpired when their paths crossed when Sebastian was in the military. Lots of build-up going in but then, not enough of the details to suit me. That paled in comparison to the biggest frustration and I hate to belabor this, but I shall do so anyway. We were given so very little about the personal relationships in Sebastian's life. Not only the major lack of time together for our H/h but almost as frustrating - there was no progress made toward the reveal of the location of Sebastian's mother, neither does Hero allude to the fact that she knows Sebastian's mother is still alive. This fact was revealed to Hero in the last book and you would think she might have shared that juicy tidbit with Sebastian in this book. In reader "real time," that would be going on two whole years. Of course in Sebastian's and Hero's timeline, it has only been four months. Still, you would think Hero might have said, "By the way, Sebastian, your mama is still alive." Also, there was nothing about Sebastian's possibly half-brother John Knox - nada, nil in this book. I'm really considering changing this to a 3 star rating due to frustration. And, now we have to wait until March 2015 to get more of the story.
Ms. Harris - please pay attention: If you're going to charge upwards of $10.00 or more for these books, give us some intrigue about what we care about - that would be further reveals about Sebastian's familial connections and for crying out loud, some romance between Sebastian and Hero. Otherwise, I'm going to turn my attention to the Rannoch Adventures or even Julian Kestrel.
One last note: This is one reader that expects M.O.R.E in the next book.