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review 2019-09-29 19:26
Holy crap....
Shattered Bonds - Faith Hunter

I used to read a lot of urban fantasy but sort of drifted away for some reason. This is one series I continue to read because of the great characters who stalk, stake & chomp their way through a New Orleans full of vamps, grindylows & skinwalkers. And if the human residents seem a tad nervous….well, perhaps that’s down to being viewed as potential snack food.

 

At the heart of it all is Jane Yellowrock, a shape shifting skinwalker who made her name as a vamp killer. She’s usually a force to be reckoned with but after events in the last book, Jane is now a shadow of her former kickass self. A hard won battle & weird magic left her fatally ill. To buy herself time, Jane packed up her crew & moved to a large estate in the Appalachian Mountains. Unfortunately it might not be far enough as there are those who’ld prefer she died sooner rather than later.

 

You know what it’s like when you’re sick…you just wish people would leave you alone. Whereas we might deal with demanding kids or an impatient boss, Jane is being pestered by an ancient vamp affectionately known as the Son of Darkness (SOD).

 

When the former Master of the City died, Jane inherited control of New Orleans & all who live there. She sent in a polite “Thanks, but no thanks” but it seems SOD didn’t get the memo. Now he’s on his way with a horde of undead to seize power & chow down on anyone who gets in his way.

 

This can only be described as epic. The battle scenes & political machinations will have fans nervously chewing their nails to the quick. The story is given depth by the inclusion of European history, First Nations folklore & ancient religions. It goes without saying not everyone will survive & frequent injections of humour give you a moment to catch your breath. It’s a world that jumps off the page in full colour & the author provides some answers to long running subplots. Characters are diverse & fully developed whether they be furry, fanged or human. 

 

It’s an entertaining spin on the classic tale of good vs. evil that’s hard to put down. Just a heads up: if you haven’t read this series before, don’t begin here. This is book #13 & there is a complex story arc jam packed with story lines that lead to events in this instalment. Whatever Jane faces next, it won’t be boring. Here’s hoping she gets a well earned nap first.

 

 

  

 

 

 

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review 2019-09-29 17:57
Shattered Bonds - Faith Hunter

I used to read a lot of urban fantasy but sort of drifted away for some reason. This is one series I continue to read because of the great characters who stalk, stake & chomp their way through a New Orleans full of vamps, grindylows & skinwalkers. And if the human residents seem a tad nervous….well, perhaps that’s down to being viewed as potential snack food.

 

At the heart of it all is Jane Yellowrock, a shape shifting skinwalker who made her name as a vamp killer. She’s usually a force to be reckoned with but after events in the last book, Jane is now a shadow of her former kickass self. A hard won battle & weird magic left her fatally ill. To buy herself time, Jane packed up her crew & moved to a large estate in the Appalachian Mountains. Unfortunately it might not be far enough as there are those who’ld prefer she died sooner rather than later.

 

You know what it’s like when you’re sick…you just wish people would leave you alone. Whereas we might deal with demanding kids or an impatient boss, Jane is being pestered by an ancient vamp affectionately known as the Son of Darkness (SOD).

 

When the former Master of the City died, Jane inherited control of New Orleans & all who live there. She sent in a polite “Thanks, but no thanks” but it seems SOD didn’t get the memo. Now he’s on his way with a horde of undead to seize power & chow down on anyone who gets in his way.

 

This can only be described as epic. The battle scenes & political machinations will have fans nervously chewing their nails to the quick. The story is given depth by the inclusion of European history, First Nations folklore & ancient religions. It goes without saying not everyone will survive & frequent injections of humour give you a moment to catch your breath. It’s a world that jumps off the page in full colour & the author provides some answers to long running subplots. Characters are diverse & fully developed whether they be furry, fanged or human. 

 

It’s an entertaining spin on the classic tale of good vs. evil that’s hard to put down. Just a heads up: if you haven’t read this series before, don’t begin here. This is book #13 & there is a complex story arc jam packed with story lines that lead to events in this instalment. Whatever Jane faces next, we know it won’t be boring. Here’s hoping she gets a well earned nap first.

 

 

  

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review 2019-07-17 10:14
Druidische Dreieinigkeit
Shattered - Kevin Hearne

Angehenden Schriftsteller_innen wird oft geraten, das Buch zu schreiben, das sie selbst lesen möchten. Kevin Hearne, Autor der „Iron Druid Chronicles“, nahm sich diesen Ratschlag zu Herzen. Er begann die Reihe um den Eisernen Druiden Atticus, weil er Urban Fantasy – Romane lesen wollte, die sich mit dem irischen Göttergeschlecht der Túatha Dé Danann beschäftigen und keine fand. In dieser Marktlücke sah er seine Chance, denn das Pantheon ist bezüglich seiner Rollenverteilung im europäischen Raum einzigartig: es verzichtet auf patriarchalische Strukturen. Hinsichtlich Einigkeit und Harmonie unterscheiden sich die irischen Götter und Göttinnen hingegen nicht von anderen Pantheons: sie zanken sich mit Inbrunst, was Atticus im siebten Band „Shattered“ schmerzhaft am eigenen Leib erfährt.

 

Er hätte es wissen müssen. Ein Geschenk der Morrigan, ha! Als Atticus O’Sullivan erkennt, wen die Göttin auf einer Zeitinsel konservierte, entgleisen ihm alle Gesichtszüge. Es handelt sich um seinen alten Lehrmeister. Owen Kennedy war bereits vor 2.000 Jahren ein griesgrämiger Stinkstiefel – Atticus hat so eine Ahnung, dass ihm die Anpassung an die Moderne gar nicht schmecken wird. Während er Owen die Vorzüge von Toiletten, Handys und der englischen Sprache beizubringen und gleichzeitig die Verschwörung in Tír na nÓg aufzudecken versucht, stellt sich Granuaile in Indien einem sensiblen Kapitel ihrer Vergangenheit. Ihr Vater ist vom Geist eines bösen Hexers besessen und läuft Amok. Mithilfe von Laksha muss sie einen Exorzismus an einem Mann durchführen, den sie eigentlich nur aus Briefen und Postkarten kennt. Zu spät begreift sie, dass sie in eine Falle tappt. Ragnarök rückt unaufhaltsam näher und Loki ist nicht dafür bekannt, fair zu kämpfen…

 

Uiuiui, was ist denn in Kevin Hearne gefahren? Da mausert sich jemand langsam, aber sicher zu einem richtig guten Schriftsteller! Ich bin entzückt! Es freut mich sehr, sein Wachstum als Autor zu beobachten. Urban Fantasy eignet sich nicht unbedingt dazu, mit schriftstellerischer Finesse zu glänzen, weil sie als reine Unterhaltungsliteratur oft einfach nicht den Rahmen für tiefgründige Betrachtungen liefert, doch mit „Shattered“ gelang es Hearne, ein neues Niveau zu erreichen. Der siebte Band der „Iron Druid Chronicles“ fühlte sich für mich geerdet und ausgeglichen an, obwohl die Handlung erneut actionreich ist und Hearne nun sogar mit drei Perspektiven jongliert, die in parallel verlaufende Erzählstränge münden. Neben Atticus und Granuaile erhält Owen, Atticus‘ alter Mentor, die Gelegenheit, seine Sichtweise zu ergänzen, was ich sagenhaft spannend fand. Nicht nur bietet er Einblicke in Atticus‘ Vergangenheit sowie seine Ausbildung, er vermittelt darüber hinaus eine einzigartige, faszinierende Einschätzung der modernen Gesellschaft. Ich dachte viel darüber nach, ob er die Jahrtausende jemals überbrücken und sich anpassen kann. Sollte er diese Herausforderung meistern, dann nur dank seines gradlinigen Dickkopfs und seiner Bereitschaft zur Selbstkritik. Die Dreiteilung gefiel mir somit sehr gut, weil sie die Geschichte um eine Facette erweitert, die ich nicht erwartet habe. Die Drei ist im druidischen Glauben eine magische Zahl, deren Macht sich ebenfalls aus der Einheit der Figuren ablesen lässt. Sie bieten sehr unterschiedliche Blickwinkel, die die verschiedenen Phasen im druidischen Leben symbolisieren. Während Owen Erfahrung und Weisheit des fortgeschrittenen Alters personifiziert, erleben wir Atticus in der Blüte seiner Jahre und Granuaile als junge Druidin, die einsieht, dass ihr Dienst für Gaia trotz allen Vorteilen immense Opfer fordert. Sie bilden eine Dreieinigkeit. Meinem Empfinden nach lassen erst Owen und Granuaile die Geschichte harmonisch schwingen. Atticus brauchte Gegengewichte. Ihre distinktiven, individuellen Stimmen bereichern „Shattered“ und ermöglichen es Kevin Hearne, sich auf der weiten Spielwiese seiner alternativen Realität voll auszutoben. Ich liebe es, dass er die gesamte magisch verbundene Welt als Bühne nutzt, in jedem Band mehr oder weniger exotische Länder und Kulturen besucht und ich dadurch immer etwas Neues über Religionen lerne. Dieses Mal traf ich indische und japanische Göttinnen, trank mit Jesus in Montana Tequila und lernte Yetis im Himalaya kennen. Cool, oder was? Hearne betont außerdem noch einmal den menschlichen Glauben als zentrale Kraft seines mythologischen Systems, wodurch sich einige vergangene Ereignisse relativieren. Göttliche können physisch sterben, solange auf Erden jemand an sie glaubt, bleiben sie metaphysisch jedoch quicklebendig und können sich nach Belieben manifestieren. In Zusammenhang mit Ragnarök verspricht das interessant zu werden, denn die Menschen wissen nichts von der drohenden Apokalypse und werden nicht plötzlich aufhören, an göttliche Entitäten zu glauben. Da fragt man sich doch, wie viel Erfolg Loki überhaupt haben kann.

 

Für mich war „Shattered“ emotional wieder ebenso einnehmend wie die ersten Bände der „Iron Druid Chronicles“. Die Handlung ist aufregend, erschien mir allerdings deutlich kontrollierter und weniger chaotisch. Ich glaube, dass Kevin Hearne sich langsam auf das Finale der Reihe vorbereitet und deswegen einige offene Baustellen abarbeitet, zum Beispiel die Verschwörung in Tír na nÓg, die sich im siebten Band endlich aufklärt. Vielleicht wurde ihm klar, dass er die Konflikte der Geschichte eingrenzen muss, um sie befriedigend abschließen zu können und entschied aus demselben Grund, Atticus außer Granuaile auch Owen zur Seite zu stellen. Die beiden stützen und festigen ihn. Ich hatte den Eindruck, dass sie ihn nach zahllosen schlechten Entscheidungen wieder auf den rechten Weg führen. Zu dritt haben sie meiner Meinung nach eine echte Chance, Loki die Stirn zu bieten und Ragnarök aufzuhalten. Offenbar ist die Rettung der Welt eine Aufgabe, für die es mehr als einen Helden braucht. Es braucht ein Trio.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/kevin-hearne-shattered
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review 2019-06-23 04:27
Shattered World by Kate L. Mary
Shattered World - Kate L. Mary

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was great! After loving the first book in this series, Broken World, I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Once I started listening to this book, I didn't want to stop. This is one of those series that is just completely addicting. I feel like I become more investing in the welfare of the characters with each passing hour. I really had a great time with this book from beginning to end.

This book picks up right where the first book left off. This is a series that does need to be read in order since each book builds on the previous installments. It is a great series so you really want to be with the characters from the start anyway. This review will have spoilers from the previous book due to the ongoing nature of the story. 

Vivian, Axl, and the rest of the group are in a dire situation as the story begins. They have brought the billionaire to his shelter in the desert but he is now refusing to let them in where it is safe. They are outside the compound, surrounded by zombies and preparing to fight for their lives when a well-known actress comes to their aid, allowing them in the shelter. It seems too good to be true. The nearly empty shelter is full of amenities and should be able to sustain the group for a long time. Of course, it does prove to have some pretty big problems.

My favorite part of the book was the developing relationships between the characters. Vivian and Axl are both great characters and I love how they are with each other. They really seem to be better in each other's company. Axl wants to protect Vivian but she is tough and can hold her own in most cases. They really make a great team and I love how much chemistry they have with each other. Hadley was a great addition to the cast. She is a down to earth Hollywood star who is more than willing to do her part and seems to fit in with the others surprising well.

This book had all of the excitement that I hoped for. It took a while for zombies to come into play in the first book in this series but this book starts out with some real zombie action and there is plenty to go around during the course of the story. I was really worried about how things would work out for the characters several times during the story. I thought the there were also a lot of more heartfelt moments in this installment. It really was a very well balanced book.

Hillary Huber did a fantastic job with this book. I think that she does a great job of bringing Vivian to life. She handles the fairly large cast of characters very well and the dialogue in the book flows very nicely. I thought she had a very pleasant reading voice and I had no problems listening to this book for hours at a time. 

I would recommend this book to others. It is a very well done post-apocalyptic story with the perfect blend of action, great characters, and just enough romance. I cannot wait to read more of this amazing series!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author.

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review 2019-06-15 15:05
Review ~ Great read!
Missing Daughter, Shattered Family - Liz Strange

Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.

 

Toronto native David Lloyd’s assault by fellow officers because he is gay was brutal, but he couldn’t prove in a court of law that it was them since he never saw their faces. The far reaching effects of his injuries resulted in his being unable to keep his job. The department gave him a settlement and a pension and turned a blind eye to criminals in their midst. So David opened a private investigation agency and moved on with his life. Mostly. When a woman hires him to find her daughter, the more he digs into the case, he realizes he’s not really put that incident behind him. Everything about this case bugs David and now his personal life is coming to a head, too. The question isn’t just will he find the woman, but will he and his longtime partner also survive the fallout.

 

This book made a solid grab for me at the beginning and kept hold until the end. The case involving missing Stella Barrowman is far from straightforward. Oh, no, it’s so much more than a troubled drug addicted woman taking off yet again. David’s investigation of her life is the center of the book, as it should be, but there is a sub-story about David and his partner Jamie that will pull your heartstrings. A great story, a twisty investigation, and wonderful characters. What more could a reader ask for?

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/06/missing-daughter-shattered-family.html
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