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on 24 February 2011
The saying "never judge a book by its cover" is very true in the case of Lamp Black, Wolf Grey. I was expecting a story of magic and myth entwined with a modern, romantic time-slip. I must have read a different book to the other reviewers, becasue what I got was very dissatisfying.
The main character of the story is Laura, an artist who moves to Wales with her husband, hoping to conceive a child, which, as the story unravels, she attempts to do by sleeping with other men! She's torn up by guilt after the first affair, supposedly, but then falls in love with someone else and decides he is her true soul mate! Laura is an insipid character who does nothing to redeem herself after her behaviour but, in fact, feels justified in betraying her husband.
And where does Merlin the Magician come into all of this? Well, if you're a fan of Arthurian legends, like I am, then I don't think you really want to know. The story really failed to make the most of the legend and bring it into a modern love story that you could believe in and enjoy. Instead, I found it trite and dull.
This is one of those books where the reader can see what is coming from a mile away but the characters are either too dim or too self-absorbed to see it. I also found the copy of the book I read was riddled with errors, whether from the printing or writing, I can't say. Towards the end of the story, one of the characters has been walled up in a dungeon and is woken by the sound of a "scratching nose"! That hammered the final nail in to the coffin for me and I lost all respect for the story after that.
I do hate to give books a bad review, but this one disappointed me so much.