I was surprised at how much I liked this book. It says "romance" all over the cover, so while I was browsing through Barnes & Noble I'd picked it up and discarded it before, because I am not generally a romance fan. However, I was waiting for my sister to finish up her shopping, so I picked this one up again and flicked through some sections of it. At some point I found myself reading an awesome description of Ephemera, the world this book is set in. I'd never heard of anything quite like it, so I bought it, and I read it . . . and much to my surprise, I enjoyed it.
Anne Bishop is one of those authors that a lot of fantasy fans swear by; I wouldn't say, forming my opinions of this book, that she's quite
that extraordinary, but she's definitely a great writer and I'm still shocked that I liked almost all of the main characters. Lynnea and Sebastian and Glorianna and even Teaser--by the time the book started to wrap up, I'd grown attached to them all. They're nicely three-dimensional characters, and each one balances out the others perfectly. I'd love to follow their adventures further.
I didn't think this was a romance book, for the record. Yes, the protagonist is an incubus and yes, Lynnea spent more than a few pages crying about wanting somebody to love her, but overall my impression of this book isn't a romance. It has action, horror, romance, and a hefty dose of fantasy, but no one really seems to be more obvious than the others.
My main problems with this book, and the reason I didn't give it five stars, is that it is
more adult than most books I voluntarily pick out, and that it was irritating to me when Anne Bishop kept referring to the villain as It. Compared to the imagination and depth she lavished on the rest of the book, "It" just struck a sour chord with me.
Either way, this is definitely a book I'll read again, and I'll be hunting for the sequel soon. If you like deep fantasy and don't mind more than one or two POV's, I definitely recommend it.