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Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

2 Stars

Tea is a bone witch.  Feared and ostracized even in a world of magic, her power of necromancy is something that is reviled, especially when her power reveals itself when she brought her brother, Fox, back from the dead.   Her power is discovered by another Bone Witch and she is taken under her wing to learn the art of her craft, one that comes at a price.

The story is told from two viewpoints.  We get the story of Tea’s early life directly from her memories and recollections.  She takes us through her life and the changes that came with it after she was discovered to have the gift of necromancy.  We watch her grow into her power and watch the interaction between her and her mentor and also her and her brother.  The relationship between Tea and Fox is definitely worth more than 2 stars.  The second viewpoint is from a bard that is telling her story from an interview with her.  The switch between the viewpoints can be jarring at times.  You finally get into a piece of the story only to be violently taken out of it to hear about something from the other viewpoint.  It was disconcerting and disconnecting.

The world is expansive and immersive.  But it comes at a price.  It’s very easy to get lost.  There is a glossary at the end, but it makes it very cumbersome to try and remember what leader goes where and what country is what.  It doesn’t really help with some of the other things like new words.  There’s so much to learn about this new realm that it really comes at a cost to the overall story.  It’s just so easy to get lost and bogged down in the beautiful prose.

This will probably appeal greatly to a lot of fantasy readers, but this one just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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Review: Staked by Kevin Hearne

3 Stars

Disclaimer: This is the most recent book in a series of books collectively called the Iron Druid Chronicles.  Staked is the 8th book in the series.  I would highly recommend that you not read this book unless you have read the previous novels or you will be very lost.

Having read all of the previous books and waiting patiently and anxiously for each new book to come out so that I can catch up with my favorite Druid and his hound.  This is the first time I’ve been disappointed.  Which I guess is a pretty good thing seeing that this is 8 books into the series.  I wanted to like it more because I absolutely love the characters, but this book just fell flat in so many ways and so many areas, that I just couldn’t be any kinder than 3 stars.

This story picks up where Shattered left off.  Atticus is waging war on the vampires who have been trying to obliterate him for the last two thousand years.  Granuaile is recovering from her battle with Loki and trying to find a way to not only get rid of his mark, but also find a way to cloak herself from divination.  Atticus’ mentor, Owen, is still coming to grips with life in the modern age and living with the Flagstaff and Tempe werewolf packs and contemplating starting a new grove where he can train new druids.

The story switches between each of their perspectives, which brings a richness to the story that you would’t otherwise have if it was narrated completely from Atticus’ point of view.  But it can also lead to a very complicated story where there are so many different threads going on that it doesn’t all come together very well.  I was really confused and disappointed by this several times.  The only arc that came to any conclusion was the vampire war that Atticus and his allies have waged.  But even that was fairly anti-climatic and the ending was pretty much meh.

I was very disappointed with the journeys that both Granuaile and Owen took.  Especially when there were so many things that were brought into their narratives and then never fleshed out.  Granuaile is sent on a mission by the witches to get a horse away from Loki, but then what?  Owen finds out that Fand has broken out and they find out where she is hiding, but then what?  There’s a quick battle between the Norse and the dark elves, but to what end?  There were so many loose ends and story lines that went absolutely nowhere.  I don’t mind a cliffhanger or teasers for the next book.  But this was a bit much.

I still had a blast and equally enjoyable, as expected, was the master of the scene steal, Oberon.  I want an Irish Wolfhound of my own and I wan to name him Oberon and I want him to beg me for bacon and sausages and make me tell him stories when it’s bath time.  I wish Oberon could have his own book.  That would be amazing.  He steals every scene he’s ever in and his girlfriend, Orlaith, steals just as many as he does.  When they’re together, it’s awesome.

If you’ve already read the previous books, you’re going to read this one.  I just didn’t find it as enjoyable as the previous seven.  It was still good and I still love the characters.  Just didn’t live up to my own high expectations.

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