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Good book but just not one for me:(
on 13 January 2014
Reaver. Larissa Ione
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I loved the early Demonica series, and the new Bound by Night beginnings but I've not read any of the Lords of Deliverance. That proved to be a mistake I think as this books draws heavily on events from those. I found the names and different characters and their histories - spanning some 5,000 years - just too difficult to follow. I've always enjoyed Larissa's style of writing, and maybe if I'd read the L of D series this book would have worked better for me. I enjoyed meeting the Demonica brothers again - always loved their snarky humour and devious ways, but this book had so many others including the leads, Reaver and Harvester, that I didn't really understand that I couldn't get into it. It seemed to be endless battles with people I didn't know, and about characters and events I didn't understand. It was pretty graphic and gruesome at times too - and I'm a terrible wimp about stuff like that. If I'm engaged with the story my mind slips over too much blood and gore but when I'm not I get hit by it in full flood :(
Its a typical L.I. novel in that its full of action, complex plots and spicy sex scenes, and I think if you've followed and loved the Lords series this will be a hit with you. As always its well written, with realistic characters and multiple story arcs leading to a grand finale. Just not one for me, which was something that came as a shock, as I've so much enjoyed her other books I've read.
Stars: three. A well written book that just didn't engage me.
ARC supplied by Netgalley