It's entirely possible that the disappointment I felt on reading this book is directly proportional ...,
This review is from: House of Bathory (Paperback)
It's entirely possible that the disappointment I felt on reading this book is directly proportional to the great expectations I had for it. I read The Bloodletter's Daughter when it was first offered on kindle and thoroughly enjoyed it. I found Lafferty's style of wring, her character development, and blend of fact and fiction very engaging, sadly this book didn't have any of these characteristics. I'm not sure if it was the short chapters and constant flitting between past and present that somehow diluted my ability to immerse myself into the story or if there were simply too many characters with not enough time to develop them deeply enough.
To start of with I was delighted at at the promise of the variety of ideas Lafferty offered but as the story progressed I found these as underdeveloped as the characters; we are introduced to the Taltos, this bit of Hungarian mythology alongside Slovakian history is mixed into the bubbling cauldron of the book together with Gothicism and Jung, but instead of simmering together to form a rich stew we are left with a thin tasteless soup. This book was undoubtedly well researched but not very well executed, the grammar and typos bothered me and I don't remember them from her previous book; here we have 'Habsburg an cestors' alongside other mistakes that could have been easily corrected with basic proofreading.
I'm sure that we will see some more great books from Lafferty in the future, her previous work is proof of her passion for history and a great ability to create wonderful and believable fictional worlds so although I can't say I enjoyed this book I will keep my eye open for her future works.