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Noooooooooooooooooo! Who are you and what have you done with my favourite author?!,
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This review is from: Blade of Fortriu (Bridei Chronicles Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
I, like the other low reviewer, HATE to do this, but this is the first Marillier book that I just couldn't finish and I have to warn people about it! Skip this one. I have LOVED most of the Marillier books I've read, but lately the love stories (my favourite part of books like Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows, Heir of Sevenwaters) have been falling flat. I think the problem with this book was that it started out like the classic Marillier and then suddenly degenerated into all of the worst romance novel cliches to the point where I couldn't bear reading anymore.
**SPOILER ALERT** Ana ends up with the wrong guy after the reader gets invested in another, much more likeable love interest. What was the point of setting up one love interest only to have her end up with another... and one that was so seriously insipid, at that?! I kept hoping it wouldn't happen, but finally I gave in and checked other reviews and discovered that it was just going to turn out the way I feared it would, so I gave up reading about 2/3 of the way through, which is a shame, because although I bought the next installment of the series, I am a bit tenuous about starting it now for fear something similar will happen. Marillier's strength in previous books was giving her heroes both sensitivity and a dark, wry sort of streak - and instead of the hero saving the heroine or the heroine saving the hero, they save each other, which is much more equal and realistic to how most healthy relationships actually work - it makes it feel like a partnership of soulmates and therefore based on something deeper than just lust. Drustan, however, just seems weak, with no other redeaming qualities except his dashing good looks (seriously!?) and the lame cliched pickup lines he whispers to Ana through the walls despite hardly knowing her, which of course she laps up and which make her swoon. Gag me. I read in another review somewhere that the Ana in this is so totally different-seeming than in the first of the Bridei books, and I agree. She seems almost a different character, aside from her name, which seemed strange to me as well. All in all, trite, conventional bodice-ripper type writing and plotting in the latter half that left me feeling really cheated after such a strong start to a book by one of my favourite authors. Disappointed.