Something must be wrong with me. I'm reading Lois McMaster Bujold's The Hallowed Hunt. The story is gripping. The world building is complex and fascinating. The characterization is superb. I like both protagonists: they are multidimensional and colorful. I root for them both. The tension is rising, and my adrenaline is pumping. Some mysteroius menace is looming over the heroes, threatening their lives...
And I can't read it anymore. Even though I know it will end well for them - I cheated and peeked into the ending - I can't force myself to continue the novel. At about 30% I stopped. I might continue it later, but for now, it feels too intense, too dark for me.
Do you know what I picked up to wipe off the darkness? Jayne Castle's Amaryllis. A fluffy futuristic romance I've already read two or three times. The world building is kind-a silly. The characters are, if not flat then not fully fleshed out. The plot is formulaic. The tension is artificial. And I'm relaxing and enjoying it. Literature it's not, but it's a nice reading interlude. I can stop at any time and start again at any time. My adrenaline is not pumping. I like the book.
What is wrong with me?
“Our purpose on this earth is not one single event, an accomplishment we can check off a list. There is no test. No passing or failing. There's only us, each moment shaping who we are, into what we will become.”
Unearthly didn't impress me, but I like to give series the benefit of the doubt, meaning I read the second book even if the first one wasn't all that. Sometimes that is a good gamble, sometimes not. Hallowed falls into the later category. It keeps the dullness from Unearthly, the lack of action and suspense and adds in religion. Neither was a good thing.
Hallowed takes up almost exactly where Unearthly ended. Like the first book, this one drags for a long time before anything significant to the overall story happens. In the meanwhile, the aspect of religion increases. For me, this was a bad thing. Because the parts of Christianity that is used for world building is severely lacking and doesn't really make sense at times. There are myths supposed to explain the world, but it misses the mark.
But they never truly belonged on earth, and their children lived a long time and kept multiplying, until there were more Nephilim than humans on the earth. Which became a problem.
Why? Why is that a bad thing? Because God wanted a world populated only by humans? Did the Nephilims run havoc? Suffice to say, the world building isn't working in this series.
To be fair, my biggest issue with this book is one conversation in particular, which ruined the entire book.
“Rape is not a Black Wing’s style. They prefer seduction. They want to win you over to their side.”
“What about Angela’s mom?” I point out. “She was raped.”
“Yes, so she says.”
Yup, the mom is actually accusing a grown woman of pretending being raped, and then told that story to her child. No one questions this. No one mentions this again. We - the readers - are supposed to wave this off as if it's nothing. Sorry, can't do that. There's no excuse for this.
priestess of the local witch coven. But the thing is she has way too much on her plate to actually win the testing, but when it looks like the other contestants won't be able to do good enough, she's going to go in and try to change the outcome. However, she didn't expect her vampire to show up, nor did she expect her relationship with Johnny to change, but alas it happened. Now, she must deal with everything all at once before it is too late.
This book was pretty interesting. It had a lot of action and drama in it. But I felt like I was missing some of Seph's emotions during the book. I could feel some of them, but not all, even though it seemed like she was trying to make herself emotionless in some ways.