Top critical review
4 December 2011
I have to say I wasn't as entertained by this volume, as I was by the previous two. There was a distinct lack of plot. It felt more like filler, something to get out of the way so the author could get on with the story, something she's been doing with the Anita Blake series for how many volumes now? (I won't get into how disappointing the big finale at the end of the latest one was. Rather foolishly, I kept the faith, hoping that things would get better.) It doesn't bode well for the rest of the series. I didn't go to her website to get the preview of the next novel, as I had done for the previous two. I think that I'll just wait for volume four to arrive. (I ordered them around the same time.)
I used to be impressed that she at least did some rudimentary research, she even includes a bibliography with this one, unlike many other authors I could mention, but her grasp of, and complete lack of understanding of Irish and British history infuriated and alarmed me (to a degree). Yes, I realise that this is fantasy, and that Ms Hamilton writes alternative histories, but while using World War II as writing fodder is so overdone that nobody seems to notice or care how cheap and nasty it is anymore, this is really beyond the pale. I am really disappointed with this aspect of the novel.
The verdict? Do what I did, get it secondhand or go to your local library and get it. It's not worth paying full price for a copy.