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review 2015-05-21 00:33
Wildifre Gospel (Habitat #3) by Kenya Wright
Wildfire Gospel - Kenya Wright

Lanore is done. Zulu is done. They have lost enough. They have suffered enough. Too many people have died. Now people are going to burn.

 

Despite the rampaging warpath and Zulu’s insistence on doing things “his way” (which involves a lot of bodies and Lanore is done trying to stop him), politics still intrudes even as the corpses pile high. Dante and his vampires, while very much deserving of being burned, have some very tempting offers to make. If Lanore can resist burning him


Of course, she could find other allies – but there are so many factions, none of which trust each other and Lanore doesn’t know if she can rely on any of them.

 

Meanwhile MeShack is going through a stunning transformation – and learning more about demons than ever he expected to.

 

 

 

I think the balance of this book with its world building and multiple factions is really excellent. I have always loved the underlying setting of this series because it is so original. The concept of the Habitats with the captured supernaturals inside after losing their war against humanity is unlike anything I’ve seen before. It creates a setting that is not just unique but is always relevant to the story – we can’t forget the basic setting because it defines the entire story

 

From little things like their home being inherently enclosed and limited – therefore making running and hiding a difficult proposition – to thematic elements like constantly living behind bars and how destructive that is to the inhabitants

 

It also creates a setting with no humans at all which is definitely an interesting twist as the different species exist with their own powers and cultures and rivalries which are often complex and intersect a lot with some brilliant class analysis and the depiction of the mix-breed supernaturals (often, but not always, less magically powerful and always disenfranchised). Again, the setting is always present in these depictions – like the various supernaturals who hate the vampires because they refused to fight in the war against humans (while the vampires insist it was pointless to fight a war they couldn’t win).

 

This also underpins a lot of the motivations of the characters which really drives the story. The twisty politics of this story as Lanore and Zulu have become major and renowned players is huge – we have multiple factions all vying for their attention (or servitude) and pretty much all of them are conniving and have their own agenda – all gazillion of them. Lanore doesn’t trust any of them, not one tiny iota. So why does she work with them – well politics is a main element but the underlying pressure is freedom


She hates Botelli vampire family and doesn’t particularly like vampires in general – but they’re working to free them from the Habitat. That’s worth it. Similarly others give her the chance to visit other Habitats – which, in itself, is presented as such a miraculous thing. The impact of this, the whole driving point of the storyline all works because of the foundation of their imprisonment. Even while so much of this story is characterised by Lanore finally snapping over how many of her friends have been lost and endangered and is quite willing to see Zulu pile bodies high – and add her own piles of ash – they still work with these forces because of that desperate wish for freedom. It’s this amazing metaforce behind everything else, behind all the personal stories and the revenge and the love, there’s always that pressure to be free that truly affects every decision

 

I also love how the different insular Habitats have been handled – like they live in Santeria (since every Habitat is based on a religion) which means the Santeria religion has a lot of influence and inclusion – but at the same time the inhabitants know little about not just the other Habitats, but also the religions they’re named after – like Meshack not having a clue that Christianity is monotheistic. Equally how each Habitat operates is based not just on the supernatural and religion, but also the politics and the laws of the country it’s in – it’s these details that make the world so rich, because each there is so much history and difference there

 

 

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review 2014-01-07 15:12
Review: Wildfire Gospel
Wildfire Gospel - Kenya Wright

Love triangles make me want to pull my hair out.  From the very beginning of this series, I have been completely and totally Team Zulu. He has always been so compelling. Powerful. Sexy. Enigmatic. And completely amazing with Lenore.   Then there is MeShack, the man-whore who broke her heart; the guy that can't keep it in his pants for five minutes.  Yet, I saw the writing on the wall back in Fire Baptized.  MeShack grew up with Lenore.  They share years of common history and love.  No matter what roundabout fashion we have to get there, that's they guy who always gets the girl.  And he does not deserve the girl.

 

In cases such as these, there are not many ways to level the playing field.  The author can either kill off the great boyfriend (a la Kim Harrison) -or pull some character assassination out of left field (ie. Jess Haines.)  I'm sure there have always been some MeShack fans out there. But with things as they were, there was no viable way to discount Zulu, so we must look to the options above.

 

At the end of The Burning Bush, MeShack died.  I celebrated.  I knew that was likely a fake-out, but I let myself hold out hope that the love triangle was over and Kenya Wright had totally proven me wrong and actually went the way I wanted. Nope.

 

We find out on page one that MeShack is alive. I'm not going to spoil the how's and why's of it, but he is no longer the man he was. Half the book is written in his POV, and follows his journey as he struggles to understand how he has changed and deal with it.  The other half follows Lenore as she seeks vengeance for what happened to him and Cassie -as her relationship with Zulu grows even more intense.

 

I knew at the 21% mark how it was all going to play out.  I hoped I was wrong.  I wasn't.  My worst fears were confirmed 68% in.  I hated that Wright went in this direction, but I am also mad at myself because I should have known better.  I did know better.  But it upset me all the same.  I almost quit reading the book… which says a lot, because this is a really good series. I was that pissed off.

 

I'm glad I didn't stop reading.  Things didn't wrap up quite as tidy as they could have and that lets me (foolishly) hope the end-game isn't really a foregone conclusion.  Aside from that, there is some cool stuff going on.  If you're not all about the relationships, or if you're not in the Zulu camp, the book will likely rock your socks off.  As with the previous installments, the story is layered and smart; the action is intense (though gory at times); and the heat level is molten hot.  Wright knows how to deliver in her love scenes.

 

Did I give it all away?  Did I say anything of value here?  (*sigh*) I don't know.  Wright has obviously done something right, in that I care so much about these characters.  But I don't like being sucker punched either. - I will read the next book, but I don't have the excited joy going on that I had the last two times around.

 

*ARC provided by author for review

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review 2013-10-01 00:00
Wildfire Gospel (Habitat, #3) - Kenya Wright Love Zulu and MeShack.


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And now it is back to waiting for the next book. :-)
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review 2013-04-26 00:00
Wildfire Gospel (Habitat, #3)
Wildfire Gospel (Habitat, #3) - Kenya Wright August 2013! I need to read [b:The Burning Bush|13330100|The Burning Bush (Habitat, #2)|Kenya Wright|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348105203s/13330100.jpg|18537645]
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