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8 people found this helpful
on 2 October 2009
Having read all of the reviews here (like a good little anorak) I took a chance on this book and have to say I loved it. The sheer fact alone that so many people hated Hekat shows she's rather well written and the blood and the gore and the mess...lovely! It saw me through the school holidays with a smile on my face! Yes Hekat is nuttier than a snickers bar in a peanut butter dip, yes she is colder than a naked polar bear, is she a zealot...absolubtely! She is difficult to relate to simply because she is bonkers, she does have a blood lust that would have made Ghengis Khan quail in his furs, and she is relentless in her oppression, ambition and belief.
I enjoyed it and have ordered the next book and even though I know it's meant to be more along the lines of traditional fantasy I'm curious to see where the author takes us next. On a lot of reviews people say they felt there was too much blood and gore and if we look back in world history there's plenty of races and eras to compare this writing to, so this is a great read if you can unlatch your civilised mind and leap into barbarism neck deep.
My one gripe with this book has to be how many times Hekat goes on about being precious and beautiful and the slayer of.... even to her husband who took her on knowing all of this, like us, I'm sure he didn't need reminding every five minutes of her greatness. It was a good job really that this character loved herself, because it seems that nobody else does.