- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2572 KB
- Print Length: 339 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1944732098
- Publisher: Optimus Maximus Publishing (5 July 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01I26LTT4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #791,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There are clever red herrings and mysteries that keep us guessing throughout the book. And the developing love story between the two main players, Skot and Lilja, is very sweet. So sweet that it leads to a strained contradiction in the way the romance plays out, including the very vanilla portrayal of BDSM that seems to exist only to illustrate the differences between our hero, Skot, and the vicious torture and sexual slavery prevalent in the crime boss’s world. I would have been tempted not to call it BDSM at all, but that is how the main characters describe their foreplay and romance. Just don’t pick up this book expecting a sub/dom theme.
Both the male and female characters are well drawn, although the way the author attempts to obscure the identity of the vigilante leads to some strange descriptions and awkward pronouns at times. This coupled with the use of present tense can make some sections clunky. Thankfully, even if you, like I, guess the identity much earlier than the reveal it spoils little.
It’s the first book in a series, and while I get the feeling that more adventures for Skot and Lilja will follow, the story is wrapped up in this volume in a very satisfying way.
I really enjoyed the plot and the character development. Especially as this is a debut novel from a little known indie author, I have to admit I was very impressed. I love stories full of magick, old books, secret identities and plot twists, and Dance of the Butterfly does not disappoint.
The story is set in an unnamed Central European city; it feels real and grimy. Although painted in broad brush strokes I thought the city was as much a character as the humans who live on its crime riddled streets. It felt to me that danger lurked around every corner. If not overtly hostile the city is certainly unsympathetic. It reminds a little of the city in the movie Sin City. In short, the perfect location for this tale.
The author has populated his novel with some wonderfully well drawn characters. It took me some time to like Skot; he seemed a little aloof and distant at the start but I really warmed to him in the end.
Lilja on the other hand was instantly likeable- she is smart, moral, witty and she knows how to change spark plugs on an older model BMW. She has both a certain confidence and a vulnerability.
There is a wide supporting cast of characters all of whom are well drawn and have depth – Gnegon, Ernst and of course the Vigilante all have certain characteristics that made me want to spend time with them. I really enjoyed Therese, her sub adventure had my heart pounding (she reminds me a little of Lisbeth Salander while still being totally herself).
In terms of writing style the book is extremely well written, sometimes a little wordy in places in a way that suits the story. The novel feels very “European” it’s hard to say why but in places I was reminded a lot of Stieg Larsson; particularly in the non fantasy elements.
Scott Carruba’s style is to write in the present tense and to swap character point of view within scenes. This works incredibly well as it creates a real sense of tension within interactions. This head swapping is skilfully done and as a reader I was never confused as to which character I was living the story through
Although a fantasy novel with dark magic at its core, the majority of the book reads like a straight thriller/crime story – there is murder, corruption and human trafficking lurking in and around the city. This makes for a story that will appeal to wide reader base and not leave anyone disappointed.
Downsides? I kind of worked out who the Vigilante was quite early on, but the book did throw enough curveballs to keep my certainty in check.
In summary, I enjoyed this book immensely. I loved the writing style, the multiple story lines, the location and the characters.
All in all a well deserved 5 out of 5!
Skothiam is a mystery man and its only as the story progresses do we find more about his life. A man of means he does not flash is cash and is very unassuming. Lilja was a confident, strong woman but only at work, when she was with Skothiam she was unsure of herself and in some case quite naïve, especially when she was discussing BDSM.
At the start of this book I kept wandering were the author was taking me, as you had Skothiam’s story and the vigilante’s story running alongside each other and when a serial killer turned up in the book I was still having my doubts, but the author managed to interweave these stories together to make this an absorbing read. The author had an eye for detail and throughout this book even the smallest feature was explained. It brought a smile to my face whenever the character had a lip ring as their characteristics were so like my daughter who is always chewing on her lip ring. With human trafficking a major part of the story, there are some dark scenes however this is necessary to the story and explains a lot at the end. This is definitely a book for the adult market, however the sex scenes were tastefully written and did not read trashy, in fact they reinforced the bond between Skothiam and Lilja. As I finished this book I was hoping that I could read more of Lilja and Skothiam as they made a good team and I was pleased when I saw Sword of the Butterfly already to purchase. A great read with a touch of fantasy
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The characters are vast and in this book . They are complex and well written. Lilja is a complicated lady she seems so sweet and innocent at first but as you read you find out she is quite kick ass . Another notable character is Skothiam Feltcraft. He is the patriarch of the family that is in charge of keeping the three books safe. He is fighting relentless evils with a team. He is a very strong character but you can see the weight of the world is on his shoulders . He works hard to keep everyone safe . There are so many characters in this book and they all play an important part in keeping the story going
This book has so much going on with so many twists and turns . You sometimes don't know if you are coming or going. The author takes us down some pretty dark pathways especially with the sex trafficking aspect of the book . There is a touch of BDSM also in the book which to me was kind of off putting. I wish the author could of went into more about the books and the lore behind them . Also more into the rivalry of the two families . I found that to be a lot more interesting and sucked me in big time . Also a few times when I was reading I didn't realize what characters were in the chapter until almost the end of the chapter.
Overall I did enjoy this book, the author has a way with words that will leave you breathless and wanting more . He will keep you on the edge of your set and make you want for more . I will say this is the first book in the series so it does have a cliff hanger . So if you want an intense dark urban fantasy that will take you on a rollercoaster ride . Check out DANCE OF THE BUTTERFLY by Scott Carruba
In the beginning I found it hard to keep track of characters. It reminded me a lot of reading a play script. Conversations happened without a hint as to which character was speaking. This was a little off putting, taking several days to get through a handful of chapters.
And then the author sucks you in with his villian..
And then the author sucks you in further with his vigilante...
From the moment you truly get into the "meat" of the story; the vigilante, Skot, and Lilja keep you focused, turning page after page to see what happens to each of them. How they put clues together, the relationship that follows. Skot and Lilja gave me a book hangover; and can't wait to crack open the next chapter in their lives!
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a thriller. It truly had it all!
Scott Carruba's style is very descriptive and detailed, and I could easily picture the characters and places in my mind while I was reading.
Overall Dance of the Butterfly is a great book and recommend it to anyone who likes dark urban fantasy horror, or wants to get introduced into that scene. I can't wait for story to continue.