Black Bull makes his escape.
Aaron meets his enemy for the second time.
I don’t know where to begin with this one. I loved the first book so much that I didn’t want it to end. This second book—I couldn’t wait for it to end. What happened? It took over 300 pages before anything interesting happened. Ordinarily I would have given up, except I trusted the book would get better. It did—for a time. The middle was good. Then the ending rolled on and on and on. It was a real slog.
I skim-read a lot of it, including the last 50 pages. Too much politics. Too many characters. It was confusing. What happened to the adventure? What happened to the erotic angle?
Unfortunately, its slow pace made me notice things I didn’t in the first book. Phedre annoyed me. Everybody loves her. She’s perfect in every way. And the final confrontation with Melisandre! I just wanted to slap her! OY! Then there’s the writing style. It was so thick and wordy and cheesy. So many ‘mayhaps’. Quite frankly, I was tempted to throw the book across the room.
Then why the 3 stars? It’s not a bad book. The writing is decent enough (at least, when there’s a good plot), and the characters had great depth. I think, for me, my feelings are more of a taste issue, rather than anything wrong with the book.
They say the third book is better. I hope so. I think I’ll give it a go, but this time, I won’t be slogging through 300 pages to get to the meat of the story.
A disappointing follow-up to Kushiel’s Dart but not enough to turn me away from the finale. We’ll see what happens.
Enjoyed this book. Phenomenal writing. Much in the vein of ‘No Country for Old Men’. Real hard, ‘masculine’ writing. Don’t know why I think that. It’s almost as though it’s written without emotion and yet that’s not true—it’s filled with it. Filled with minute detail. Skilfully written introspection. Symbolism. An interesting style of writing that I’m coming to enjoy.
An unusual book. It’s more literature than any other genre, I think.
I liked Slaney. A drug smuggler on the run. An inherently ‘decent’ character despite his crimes. Complicated and three-dimensional. I felt for him.
The story, I guess, is ‘slow’. For those who want a fast-paced, suspenseful read, you won’t find it here. I like that. But I also would have liked a bit more thrill.
I ummed and ahhhed deciding whether to make this a 3 or 4 stars. Not a huge fan of ‘literature’. Wouldn’t call it a page-turner. But I think the writing on its own is worth the 4 stars.
Their first big adventure might be over but the fun has only just begun! If you want to read more about Mock & Grinda, then check out Mock& Grinda: A Love that Defies the Odds.
Expect romance and sex, warmth and tenderness, fun and humour, magic and adventure.
Three chapters ready to read now, with a new chapter each week.
For a little casual reading.
As Grinda draws closer, does Mock have the power to resist?
Against their better judgment Mock and Grinda are getting closer. So different, yet so similar.