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on 4 April 2014
Obviously. I disliked the first installment in this series sufficiently to have been warned, but no, I've been such a fan of Nora Roberts that I overrode my own instincts.

If you've read a Roberts trilogy, particularly one in the supernatural vein, you can predict how this is going to go. In the past, it wasn't such a big deal, because there were innovations here and there. Here, there's nothing new, and if anything, it's worse: all the characters do is talk and 'study'; they eat a lot of meals where they argue; they take actions that have no measurable effect on their goal, and the couple at the centre of this one had little to no spark at all. Their attraction was poorly foreshadowed, in the first book — Dark Witch, had to look it up, couldn't even remember! — and when they did get together, the impediments to their union were not all that... impedimentary.

There was so little action! So little of the usual meticulous scene-setting that was in the early novels. So little action that actually moved the plot forward. The Irish stuff drove me demented, as I live in Ireland — there was no sense of the real place that is Ashford Castle, the slang was appalling and about twenty years old, and if you don't know how to properly spell 'eejit', then don't even bother in the first instance.

It's a shame, because some of my favourite novels of all time are by this author. I'm still sticking with the In Death books, despite all indications to the contrary that they're going down the same road...
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