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Not as good as the others in the series .....
on 1 June 2012
I have to admit to being a little disappointed with this novella compared with the other full sized books in this series. The plot had the potential to be so much more if it had been given the time to develop. The plot was good, the characters had plenty of potential ... but it felt rushed due to the book size. The book broke away from The Order as it is set in Scotland (instead of Boston) ... The Order are mentioned but the on-going Dragos plot is completely separate to this novella. I did wonder if it were setting Bran up to become an Order member but it would appear not.
It was scary when Dani foolishly decided to try to look around the Bloodclub and I was afraid for her (Dani is the Widow of Conlan, a Warrior from The Order that was killed early in the series).
The book was a little predictable ... I suspected that someone wasn't the bad guy that he was pretending to be and I predicted the scene at The Gathering.
The book provided an interesting diversion but I didn't find it nearly as good as the others in the series. The plot wasn't as thorough, due to the length of the novella .... it felt more rushed and less developed. I would have liked to have seen more character development for Bran, Dani and baby Connor. Reiver was obviously evil and his character and businesses begged to be explored and developed more.
Overall, whilst the book still demonstrated Lara Adrian's skill as an author it felt unsatisfying and a little disappointing in comparison to the other books in the series.