Age of Night: Books 1 – 3 by May Sage

Age of Night: Books 1-3Age of Night: Books 1-3 by May Sage

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a three “book” set from a series that has many more “books”. I say “books” because these actually read are more like short stories from their length and word count. I like the plot ideas, the characters, and the genre, but I don’t like the resolutions.

The resolutions are rushed, glossed over, and to a certain point, a “miracle”. The first book ended very quickly, the build up was created over a few chapters, the ending took up a page. The second book had an outside source swoop in and save them in a page, the third book, we showed up afterwards.

I like the rest of the book, but the endings are far too rushed. The pacing isn’t constant. It bothers me as a reader, and as a writer. The story could be so much better!

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The Throwback Thursday Three

Time for another Throwback Thursday Three! This time it’s the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy from Nora Roberts! I know this looks decidedly similar to my Series Reviews, but this is different in that I’m not reviewing these books as a series, just as a series of posts, enjoy!

This entire series was recommended to me by my wonderful Godmother, who is also my aunt on my mom’s side. She reads a bit, but mostly travels, and while traveling together and reading on planes, she suggested “the witch series” to me.

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts Each book focuses on one of the cousins O’Dwyer: a brother and sister from the UK and a cousin from the States. The Stateside cousin is up first, and of course they’re all witches thanks to Grandma.

Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts The male cousin is up next and in all the books the featured cousin finds their true love, but they also do battle with an ancient evil that their ancestors also fought.

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts The female cousin is last because of her on-again, off-again relationship with her lover. It also is the final confrontation with evil, and the end of series.

I really should reread this series, I’d almost forgotten about it since I read so much. But it really was very good, and Nora Roberts certainly knows her genre.

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The Spook’s Bestiary by Joseph Delaney

The Spook's Bestiary: The Guide to Creatures of the Dark (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles)The Spook’s Bestiary: The Guide to Creatures of the Dark by Joseph Delaney

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just as an FYI this book is not technically part of The Last Apprentice series, but a supplementary book. If you’re familiar with Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series, this would be like one of the “map” books or Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook.

Also important, I am a fan of the TV series, Supernatural.

With all that out of the way…this read a bit like John Winchester’s journal. It’s a compendium of all the creatures that are kept at bay by a Spook (Hunter/Sam and Dean?) in County. It includes examples of times John Gregory (the Spook who ‘authored’ this book) encountered said creature, and quotes from his various apprentices.

I found it an interesting take on the creatures originally from mythology, especially the Old Gods which come from many different regions (Greece, Romania, Ireland, etc.), and how they were dealt with. The last chapter included some instance and probable new creatures that had yet to be identified.

Supposedly this series has been turned into a movie called Seventh Son (which I’ve never heard of, and has poor reviews), so I’m wondering how I missed that. But I’m intrigued enough to see if I can find an actual book from the series to see what the fuss was about.

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Dark Prince by Christine Feehan

Dark PrinceDark Prince by Christine Feehan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whew! Well, if nothing else, this experience has taught me that I am not an audiobook person at all. It was the only copy of Dark Prince my library had so I thought I’d try it, I’m glad I did, and I do like the story, but not the format.

With that out of the way…

I like all of Christine Feehan’s Dark series, while this is the first in the series it is not the first one I’ve read (probably more like the 10th?), but I do like how it sets the stage for the rest of the series. How the Carpathian species is dying out, and humans go mad when converted, and then Raven survives the transition and becomes the hope of the Carpathian people. Gregori’s torment because he’s near his limit (that was interesting), and in general the beginning of the saga that is now 33 books as of this review. I also got a better view of Mikhail, the leader of the Carpathians.

Would I recommend reading them in order? Yes. Would I recommend reading them out of order? Yes.

Both methods are fine, because I recommend reading them in general and since it is a large series and probably difficult to find them all at once and in order, the second is probably easier anyway and doesn’t really mar the story in any way. However, I won’t be ‘reading’ any more audiobooks if I can avoid it!

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Dark Lycan by Christine Feehan

Dark Lycan (Dark, #21)Dark Lycan by Christine Feehan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m reading these out of order and I like it for myself. I read Dark Wolf (the next book) then this book. I also have the book after Dark Wolf, Dark Blood. I know it’s all a bit strange as series are made to be read in order, but for this plot line I like what I’ve done. It’s building the suspense and anticipation for what’s to come in the next book.

Dark Lycan is the story of Tatijiana Dragonseeker and Fenris Dalka, the first Guardian of All or Lycan/Carpathian mix. There is progress on Dimitri/Skyler and Zev/Branislava, but also there is plot of Lycan and Carpathian politics that continues in the next book.

The only thing I find a little unimaginative is the name Fenris. Fenris is a very traditional well known Norse mythical wolf name, not sure I care for that decision, but the characters all call him Fen anyway so maybe it’s just my delicate sensibilities crying out for something more creative.

Aside from that, the book flows very well, is an enjoyable read, and continues the Carpathian race.

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Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan

Dark Wolf (Dark, #22)Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another book in the Dark series from Christine Feehan, and yes I’m still going out of order. This one does tie in to several other books, but the one that sticks out for me is Dark Celebration, a book I read several years ago.

This one carries on with one of the couples that were mentioned in that book, Skyler and Dimitri. This series revolves around lifemates, and these two already know they are intended. But, Skyler is human, very young, and with a dark past that haunts her. Dimitri is stuck between two factions, the Lycans and the Carpathians, because he is both. The political atmosphere is murky, and there are traitors in their midst.

Some issues are resolved, and some issues are too big to be resolved in one book. The next book in the series, Dark Blood, seems to continue almost exactly where this one leaves off (she includes an excerpt) and I now want to read that one too!

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Meet Me at the Library RETURNS

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Since I moved last year I lost regular access to the library I had been visiting, but now I’ve discovered the location of the library in my new location. Which brings the return of Meet Me at the Library!

As you can seen I am continuing the Dark series by Christine Feehan and starting a new series (one that my Mom appreciates and collects), Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series (or the Alphabet Mysteries?).

Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan

Skyler Daratrazanoff always recognized the miracle that was Dimitri Tirunul, a man beyond any dream that had ever engaged her nights. But she was human. Vulnerable. He was Carpathian. Nearly immortal. She was nineteen. He was an ancient. Yet she held half his soul, the light to his darkness. Without her, he would not survive. Caught between the two warring species, Dimitri has spent centuries hunting the undead to keep his people free, and humans safe. He had survived honorably when others had chosen to give up their souls. But now, marked for extermination by the Lycans, Dimitri found himself alone, and fearing for his life. But salvation was coming…

No Lycan would ever suspect someone like Skyler to dare mount a secret rescue operation. A teenage girl. A human of untested abilities. But she had something no one else had. She was predestined for Dimitri—as he was for her. And there was nothing stronger for Skyler than her desire to see her life-dream come true. Whatever the risk.

A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

A IS FOR AVENGER
A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she’s got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes.

A IS FOR ACCUSED
That’s why she draws desperate clients like Nikki Fife. Eight years ago, she was convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and needs Kinsey’s help to find the real killer. But after all this time, clearing Nikki’s bad name won’t be easy.

A IS FOR ALIBI 
If there’s one thing that makes Kinsey Millhone feel alive, it’s playing on the edge. When her investigation turns up a second corpse, more suspects, and a new reason to kill, Kinsey discovers that the edge is closer–and sharper–than she imagined.

Have you visited your local library lately? What have you been reading?

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