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Another cracker, but not quite up to her usual standard ...,
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This review is from: Frostfire : A Novel of the Kyndred (Kyndred Novel) (Mass Market Paperback)
I absolutely love (LOVE) this series, and I find each and every book beguiling, complex and compulsive - so I read them quickly, miss bits, then read them again to find all the bits I've missed and to explain everything I don't understand. Every one of these books has required a certain level of attention (you can't really skim them) in order to follow the layers of the plot.
So, we have here a story of a Kyndred (Lilah), who doesn't really know what she is until the very end of the story - although she does know that she can control both animals and people. Lilah meets a man who is being hunted by the Darkyn, but we don't connect him with this until the end of the book. In addition, Lilah is being hunted by another Kyndred, who needs her genetic material to help him live. Both of them are being hunted by GenHance, and someone else is being hunted by the Tresora. So far, so Lynn Viehl, and it all comes together at the end quite neatly.
Where it gets slightly confusing - or rather, not confusing but a bit perplexing - is how Lilah's 'man' has turned from the person the Darkyn pair are hunting into something else. Yes, it helps to know the Shadowlight background, but in Shadowlight this was made slightly clearer (if rather hurriedly) at the end of the book - actually, I found it unsatisfactory in that book as well, but it least it was 'clear-ish'. In this book it doesn't even hit 'clear-ish' - and then the Darkyn pair just accepts it in a few swift lines of dialogue along the lines of 'he doesn't smell like a Darkyn any more' and then off they go.
Given that the Darkyn have been sent by Gabriel to dispatch this individual, it's a bit perfunctory.
I have now re-read the book a few times, and the revelation of who this man is at the end of the book is still not handled well. There are absolutely NO clues through the book, so you are left with your jaw dropping onto the floor and a major 'Huh' - and then you start wondering how it happened etc etc. Still a good read - but as with all Lynn Viehl's books, I always feel that she has cheated slightly on tying up the ends.
Still love them and can't wait for the next one.
And no, am not going to reveal who he is, as that would spoil it!