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Normally books start slow and have a chapter or two at the end where the action picks up. This book literally starts at a sprint, and doesn’t slow to a jog until the end of the book. Did this pacing work? Here is what I thought…
Atticus is being chased through Europe by two goddesses of the hung (Artemis and Diana). He is unable to shift to a safe plane, and must reach England and the forest of Herne the Hunter. During the sprint they kill some vampires, make peace with the Norse and Olympians, and escapes to Japan with Granuaile and Oberon to heal. Oh, and the Morrigan dies…
I have a hard time remembering the plot of these books when I finish them.
Plot Score: 3/5
Another world where EVERYTHING is real, from vampires, fae and werewolves, to all the mythological gods (even Jesus). The story even takes places on different planes.
World Building Score: 3/5
Characters and Relationships
A lot of the characters in this book are greek/norse/irish gods. With the original characters (Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon) there is a lot of character development. The established characters (Zeus, Jupiter, Mercury, etc.) come with built in story lines. Unfortunately, I’m not that familiar with all the mythology and there are so many of these characters that it makes it difficult to keep everyone straight. Perhaps if I was more familiar with the all mythology it would have been easier (not sure how much studying I’d have to do to learn all the myths).
Characters Score: 3/5
Life Lessons Score: 0/5
Defining Quote “I have +20 verbal dexterity”
The author quotes Shakespeare, poetry, pop culture references (‘rickrolled’, quotes from Predator and Lord of the Rings) and modern vernacular. I think it’s fair, since the main character is old enough to have known Shakespeare, learned latin and keep up with what’s cool now. However, I’m not sure what reader can keep up with all the references (you need a +20 verbal dexterity).
Style Score: 3/5
– Even though I have some minor complaints, I love this series.
– I found the ‘reverse pacing’ odd. I think you need soft moments to highlight the action sequences. And soft moments are more than them stopping to steal a pot roast for the dog.
Total Score and Recommendation
-12/25- There something for everyone to enjoy (and who can not LOVE Oberon?)