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It's not a patch on the Cat and Bones series...still, an ok read.
on 27 May 2010
I recently discovered this author and have tracked down and read all of the Cat and Bones books, so when I went looking for the next, only to find that it's still a whole year away, I thought I'd try this one, as I liked Spade from his appearances. Based on reviews, I thought I'd be in for a treat, but what I got was just an ok tale.
I'm not going to go into full details, as other reviewers have already done this so well, but this book was lacking in the tension of the Night Huntress novels, and the leads were not evenly matched. Spade - cheesy cover and all - looks to die for (I actually found myself turning to the cover time and time again, and tilting it to see if he looked even better at different angles!) and his description and what we know of him so far make him an interesting, loyal and charismatic character, and in contrast, Denise seemed very ordinary and frankly I couldn't see what had attracted Spade to her so badly from when they first met. They don't really get together until maybe 65% of the book has gone, and even then it's not a case of passion build-up...but rather tame.
Yes, there was a storyline after a bit of a weak and rather obvious start, which I suppose had to be there to actually get the leads together, but it kind of didn't flow like the NH books, but it was decent enough. Spade is by far the most interesting character, and yes, at times Denise was a bit of a silly fluffy female, and it kind of seemed that the love scenes were included in the tale just because readers love lovers, but I think that Spade could have had this 'love' with any other female, not just Denise, as there just didn't seem to be that strong an attraction and that deep a bond between them. Yes, I liked that they both admitted their feelings, even if the declarations came a bit out of the blue, and were too frank for the way in which the book had gone so far.
Still, I have preordered Mencheres' tale, out in July, as again, he is a strong enough and intriguing enough character to make me want to know about his background and how he'll continue to feature in the NH series.
Overall, an OK read, but not an absolute must.