Seraphs Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2007
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aA new, strongly unique voice in the dark fantasy genre.a
a[A] darkly alluring vision of a future in which the armies of good and evil wage their eternal struggle in the world of flesh and blood.a
?A new, strongly unique voice in the dark fantasy genre.?
?[A] darkly alluring vision of a future in which the armies of good and evil wage their eternal struggle in the world of flesh and blood.?
--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
A native of Louisiana, Faith Hunter spent her early years on the bayous and rivers, learning survival skills and the womanly arts. She liked horses, dogs, fishing and crabbing much better than girly skills. She still does.
In grade school, she fell in love with fantasy and science fiction, reading five books a week and wishing she could "write that great stuff." Faith now shares her life with her Renaissance Man and their dogs in a Enclave of their own. Faith is working on a new series, which Roc will publish starting in the summer of 2009, and a role-playing game, called "The Rogue Mage," based on Thorn. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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In Seraphs, Hunter is guilty of the same setbacks as in her debut. She tends to pick up her supporting characters when necessary and disregard them as soon as the plot has no immediate use for them. This is often frustrating and can be seen especially through her use of Lucas, who, in Bloodring we heard a lot about but never actually had the chance to get to know or interact with. He is introduced early in Seraphs and promises a charming, enigmatic and mysterious character. However, as soon as his initial intrigue is established he is disregarded for the entirity of the book bar one instance. Like the various other supporting characters, they come and go when it suits the writer's style rather then with the fluidity of the story itself.
Hunter's other fault lies in her final chapters. Intended to be gripping fight scenes, they tend to turn into long, drawn out battles that last for 3 or 4 chapters and end up boring the reader rather then pleasuring. Hunter again loses sight of supporting characters and ends up focusing entirely on Thorn, leaving the reader guessing the fate of the other characters.
However, the introduction of new, rather creative enemies and a more involving storyline means that 'Seraphs' is already a step better than 'Bloodring'. More questions and possibilities arise out of the strange happenings at Mineral City and the plot becomes deeper and more interesting. There is much promise for the third installment and Hopefully Hunter will not dissappoint.
In a strange way I found it easier to follow than the first installment, Bloodring, but there was so much in it - I had to just keep ploughing through. Although I came out the end wanting to know what happens next (which is what I look for in a book) I am still not completely sure of what has just happened (got the general picture but got lost on the who does what, how and sometimes why!!)
I think its worth a read but you definitely have to like the "full-on" fantasy fiction type books to like this.
Recommend you check out her Jane Yellow Rock novels first as this was a good way to lead in to this series as gave me a feel for how the writer guides you through the stories and the type of characters she builds - although I think they very different in content (which is a good thing).
Give it a go as worth a punt. I shall plough through the series but at this stage I am not sure that I will make it to the end and feel pleased that I bothered... Could go either way, but outlook at this stage is bright.
The prose is tight, the decriptions evocative and imaginative. I love the characters and the fact that nothing is telegraphed in advance. Some of the events are shocking, the violence is heart racingly frantic and gory.
One of the most satisfying reads of the year.