Sad to say that I didn't enjoy Book 2 as much as I enjoyed Book 1, The Rook. I can put it down to too much infodumping and backstory and not enough story set in current times with the current action. As well as there not being enough of Myfanwy Thomas, the lead character from Book 1.
The main focus of this book is really twofold, two main characters. First we have Pawn Felicity Clements, the Checquy soldier/bodyguard who is set to 'babysit' the Grafter girl, Odette Leliefeld. One of the best things about the story is the relationship between the two young women. I wanted more of that. Originally they dislike (hate?) each other, filled with distrust and suspicion but gradually, over time and adventures, that changes and they become friends, even close friends. I actually liked both of them quite a bit but felt that I would much rather be in 'their' story than reading back over their pasts - mostly Odette's.
Myfanwy is around, she's the boss and she's the one trying to broker the deal between The Checquy and the Grafters to join forces and fight the big, horror bad guys. She sees things very pragmatically and clearly and knows what has to be done. I liked how both young women seemed to look to her as a type of role model even though she's really only about 5 or so years older than they are.
The plot was windy and twisty and involved a splinter group of the Grafters and even some monsters popping up from God knows where. I would have preferred more thought be given to this part of the book than the set up and world-building (really infodump backstory filler author masturbation, if you ask me) and that would have made it hang together better and kept me turning the pages far past the time I should have been asleep.
So... good book, good read, but not as good as I was hoping or expecting.
Oh, I have to say, the artist who did the cover art, one Lindsey Andrews did a STELLAR job! In my ereader this cover looks as if there's a big crack in my screen! I kept doing double takes when I'd catch a glimpse of it out of the corner of my eye. Big kudos!!
This book was a guts buy for me when it was on sale a few weeks ago. I picked it and books 2 and 3 up at the same time just because the blurbs sounded good! And different.
We're basically talking musical fae folk in the Appalachian mountains.
The Tuatha Dé Dannan of Irish-Celtic mythology disappeared way back when, according to folklore, and in these tales, they have disappeared to Appalachian America. Tennesee. Cloud Country. And are now called the Tufa. :) I love it! This is a take I've not read before and it instantly caught my attention.
So, when The Hum and the Shiver turned out to be a really enjoyable read, I was right pleased!
It tells the tale of one of the First Daughters of one of the two Tufa clans (basically the seelie and unseelie folk) returning home a war hero after a horrific attack and imprisonment overseas. Will she claim her birthright and heal herself in mind and body or will she turn her back on the responsibilities it entails. And what about some of the other characters - what choices will they make? Accept what they are and embrace it, or not.
Now, I'm not certain if the characters we meet in this book continue their stories in the others, but I think maybe, even if they aren't the main characters of the subsequent books. Doesn't matter. I love the premise, I really enjoy Bledsoe's voice and his writing is gorgeous and easy to read, so yep, I will be reading them! Oh, and if you're a fan of Charles de Lint, you will definitely like these, IMO.
I do wonder though... what happened to Fred Blasco???????
The future is impossible to predict, which is why I’m always surprised that some people are so willing to give credence to prophecies and visions. There are two many factors at play to say for certain what’s going to happen very far down the road. Things are different in fiction, of course, but I tend to stay away from books about destiny and prophecies because the outcome is preordained. What I do enjoy, however, are stories that subvert this trope. Near the beginning of All the Birds in the Sky, the stunning debut by Charlie Jane Anders, we learn that one or both of the protagonists will destroy the world. But since neither has actually done anything, they’re innocent. It’s a dilemma...
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Some people need a catalyst to spur them to become who they were always meant to be: better, wiser, stronger. Adrien Thomas’s catalyst, as we learn in Ali Shaw’s The Trees, is more catastrophic than most. One night, he goes to sleep after eating cheap takeaway and sulking about his life. When he wakes in the morning, he discovers that the primeval forest has returned with a vengeance. Massive trees have erupted everywhere, destroying houses, roads, and anything that stands in their path. Civilization collapses as the trees rise. But Adrien, miserable and cowardly as he is, now has a mission in life: to find his wife...
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