To był mój pierwszy raz z "Winnetou". Nie widziałam wcześniej filmów o tym wodzu Apaczów, nie czytałam książek. Może dlatego szybko wciągnęłam się w historię o Winnetou.
Książka jest prowadzona w narracji pierwszoosobowej. Poznajemy greenhorna, czyli człowieka niedoświadczonego, zielonego. Ten greenhorn wyrusza do pracy na Dziki Zachód, gdzie pomaga przy budowie kolei. W swoich początkowych losach okazuje się, że greenhorn nie jest taki zielony i szybko się uczy. Może, a nawet powinien zostać westmanem. W taki oto sposób poznajemy głównego bohatera, z którego perspektywy pisana jest ta książka. Jest nim oczywiście Old Shatterhand.
Jednak historia ta opowiada o Winnetou, wodzu Indian. Jego również mamy okazję szybko poznać... mianowicie przy pierwszej pracy naszego greenhorna.
Ich losy wciąż się łączą i rozdzielają. Choć Old Shatterhand wręcz ubóstwia Winnetou, to jednak nie towarzyszy mu w każdej wyprawie. On też ma zobowiązania, swoje plany. Jednak jego plany często łączą się z planami Winnetou.
Choć autor niezwykle dokładnie opisywał fragmenty życia Olda Shatterhanda na Dzikim Zachodzie, to znalazłam rozdział, w którym historia była jakby przerwana. Ja wiem, że w historii chodzi o Winnetou, ale nawet jeśli Winnetou znikał, to jednak historia zamykała się w momencie jej zakończenia. A tu nagle zong, bo nie wiem, co z Samem Hawkens czy Firehandem i jego synkiem. To mnie jakoś ukuło.
Strasznie długie są też niektóre rozdziały. Ja mam tak, że muszę doczytać do końca rozdział, wcześniej nie potrafię przerwać. Lecz tu czasem po 30 stronach miałam dość i chciałam wreszcie przerwać historię. Tak, bywała nudząca.
Jednak ogólnie historia jest przepiękna. W tym wszystkim najpiękniejsza jest relacja, która łączyla Shatterhanda z Winnetou. Ich przyjaźń, braterstwo było czymś niezwykłym, o czym się chciało czytać.
Podział na dobrych i złych też mamy dość jasny. Apacze, westmani są dobrze. Kiowa, różni opryszki, których poznać można po oczach (heh) są źli. Raczej w powieści nie znajdziemy ludzi skomplikowanych, których których określić. Jednak ma to swoje dobre strony.
Bardzo zapadł mi w pamięć monolog Nszo-czi na temat okrucieństwa białych. Zresztą nie tylko ona porusza temat zachowywania się białych. Old Shatterhand też ma świadomość tego, jacy biali są. Każda mowa każdego spotkanego wodza, gdy Shaterhand znalazł się w opałach poruszała kwestię zachowywania się białych.
Lecz ta powieść to przede wszystkim lekcja dobra, uczciwości, prawdomówności oraz przyjaźni.
Old Shatetterhand był prawdomówny. Zawsze mówił prawdę i jak się okazało, przez to był szanowany wśród Indiach. Jego prawdomówność była ceniona. Każdy mu przez to wierzył, bo przecież on zawsze mówił prawdę... Jednak trudno nie zauważyć, iż czasem coś pomijał, o czymś nie wspominał. Zabawne dla niego było, że gdy powiedział, że pisze książki, uważany jest przez westmanów za greenhorna (bardzo zabawny, gdy był pięknie ubrany, opowiadał, że jest autorem, a zapomniał wspomnieć o swoim przezwisku).
Za to WInnetou. Winnetou to ideał wodza, ideał Indiana, ideał człowieka. On naprawdę był ideałem. Szanował go każdy, bo naprawdę zasłużył na szacunek. To też jest ważne... szacunek nie bierze się z niczego. Trzeba na niego zapracować.
It pains me to no end to have to give such a low rating to a CC novel, but I hated Richard in this book, and the romance here was not what I expected.
I quite liked Todd, and I really wanted him to fall for someone not Richard, someone who deserved him, but I guess the heart wants what the heart wants.
Todd is in his early 20s, and six months ago, Richard, the town's sheriff, broke off their three year hidden relationship for no apparent reason. Just no longer called or came by. Todd doesn't know why, and he's still carrying a torch for the sheriff, but doesn't know how to get him back.
At 41, Richard is considerably older than Todd and a condescending, judgmental, stuck-up ass. He likes to be in charge, but he also looked down his nose at the younger man, his carefree, somewhat flighty personality, and didn't consider it appropriate to be known as "the grocery boy's booty call". Say what now? >.<
Both suffer from a serious lack of communication with each other, with Richard being averse to Todd sleeping with others, and Todd not knowing that Richard wants a committed relationship, when Richard never even hinted at it. When you're someone's secret booty call, the message they're sending is not one of commitment.
But then Todd's sister needs a babysitter (how convenient), and since Todd couldn't possibly handle the baby by himself, he's expected to move into Richard's place to get help with his niece. I didn't like Todd's sister either. She older than Todd and closer in age to Richard, and they BOTH treated Todd like he's just a fuck-up.
But he's not. And I guess as Richard sees a more grown-up, responsible side of Todd, he has to reconsider his actions and maybe realize that he was wrong. Only he doesn't really think he was wrong, and it takes Todd telling him what he didn't consider for Richard to pull his head out of his ass.
The book makes it sound like Richard misses Todd as much as Todd missed Richard, but jealousy and distrust don't make a good foundation for a relationship, and for Todd to feel as if he has to justify himself all the damn time, and for him to offer Richard access to his phone so Richard can verify that Todd is not sneaking around with other men - UGH, NO!
CC's usual writing style of course shines through here, which is why I finished the book, because the fluff and hot sexy times are all there, but the romance was definitely lacking, and I don't have high hopes that these two will ride off into the sunset together.
If you love CC's books, I hope you'll give this a try. You never know - it might work for you, even though it didn't for me.
** I received a free copy of this book from its author. A positive review was not promised in return. **
Muse is a half-demon – though her demon half is restrained by the Institute as they use her to police the supernatural world bleeding over into the city
But several Enforcers have been brutally murdered and butchered – and reading the metal confirms the worse: her owner, Damian, has returned. She is not the old demon she was, with the powers now at her disposal promising for a very different showdown. At the same time, Akil, ex-demon Prince is hoping that that same power may elevate him back to his title
And she may co-operate – as he may be the only one who can help her save Stefan from his imprisonment in the Netherworld.
I think the best thing about this book is how Muse has grown and changed and moved. The last book very much looked at her past; how she had been brutally abused and her trying to find herself and pull herself from that mindset. There was the conflict if her realising her saviour was nothing of the kind and the different ways you can be used an abused but different forces.
This book continues on from that – Muse is much more confident in who she is and the newfound power she wields. She’s suspicious, warier and almost comes across as snotty in a Keille Independence, Rebel without a clue kind of way. But it works when we look at her context and her past. Muse is very determined not to give the impression of subservience even to the people around her. Not that she’s completely free from her past – there’s an excellent depiction of how the trauma is still haunting her. The horror of her memories catching up with her, how she desperately tries to resist them haunting her. She’s scarred by her past but it isn’t the entirety of her life. She acknowledges her past, her self-disgust and her internalising the idea she is weak and helpless. It also does weaken her – because trauma isn’t something that is easily cast off in an awesome empowerment moment
I really like how this is balanced with Muse – her moving away from trauma but still haunted by it. Determined not to be defined by it but not escaping it just because she wants to – it doesn’t just magically vanish.
This feeds well with her relationship with the Institute and their desire to use her while still half fearing and loathing her for what she is
There is a good little examination of both her and Stefan and the organisation that is both exploiting them for their demonic abilities while at the same time restraining them and treating them as inherently dangerous or tainted because of them. It’s a well balanced depiction of exploitation and both needing someone and fearing them. Similarly we see this with the wariness of her colleagues who, at the same time, definitely rely on her expertise.
Her relationship with Akil also continues to be complicated. He does try to use her and exploit her strength and it comes from a very demonic place. He seems to care for her, but simply doesn’t have the compassion or empathy of a human. Again, it’s a decent balance of both showing he cares for Muse, while also trying to use her and while also showing that even with that human emotion there’s a huge amount of alienness there. Unsurprisingly, Muse herself is also really suspicious of him – and I, again, like the balance here of both being willing to work with him (not out of helplessness entirely, but out of confidence and even a willingness to look at him as an equal rather than a superior) while constantly being suspicious of his motive.
While I really liked the personal development of Muse and her history, I’m less thrilled by the world. Well, no, that’s not entirely fair. I love the world – I love the concept of the demonic realm, the powers of demons, their demonic parentage, the veil – but these concepts aren’t really expanded on enough. I think we could do a lot more to examine demon politics – and what major powers like the First actually mean. Who founded the Institute, what powers does it have, what is it doing? What about demons living on Earth? Is the Institute being fair – it’s implied they have an unduly harsh view of demons? There’s lots of things hinted at but we didn’t really address many of them – there’s lots of suggestions of world building to come but we aren’t really getting more than just the labels. I need more, I want more; expand this original world more. This feels very unique, very different from what I’ve read elsewhere and I’d love to see those unique elements expanded.
I enjoyed this mostly sweet and clean romance. I received this for free and voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.5* rating. The heroine and her sister have a little rough start in this story with some tragic things going on but it was a good ending. I thought the wedding went smoother than most weddings do but each wedding is different.This author tackled a tough subject with some good insight to it.