Coinciding with release day for A STOLEN HEART, you can see what I thought of the book in my review below.
As we are staying in lockdown for at least another 3 weeks the garden and house will continue to benefit. We’ve finished digging the veg garden (yay!), and the polytunnel has gone from this
Being Scotland, of course, the glorious weather has taken a mini-break, with snow and hail arriving for a day or two, so now we are indoors, decorating. Always plenty to do!
And so to my latest review.
I took part in the blog tour for this book a couple of weeks ago, and today it arrives in the world for all to read.
Luc has many secrets – being immortal is just one. His entire life is wrapped up with complications: keeping his previous incarnations from spilling over into his current life, maintaining his unswerving loyalty to the king – his ex – no matter how difficult he makes it, and now trying to sort out corruption at the Thieves Guild, even though Luc’s no longer officially in charge there.
When a strange, half-human toddler barrels into him at the Guild while trying to escape his terrifying teacher, Luc has no idea what he’s taking on when he decides to save the child.
This is an exciting and emotional roller-coaster of a read, with massive complexity in the background and world building, yet it reads easily and I never found myself too confused. Perplexed, at first, as to how the two story threads fitted together, but that does resolve in a very satisfying manner.
Luc is a likeable guy, even after you delve into some of the terrible events of his past. His attempts to make up for that reprehensible origin are laudable, and at the same time, it’s great to watch him learn about the meaning of family from the humans around him. Pietas, the king, is a quixotic character, annoying at times, but even he became more understandable as the story progressed.
This is the first of this author’s books I have read, though I now discover there are many more set in the same universe, written over an extensive period, which would explain the depth of world building and existing, complex, relationships. There are some tiny fillers (like mini-chapters of 4 lines or so) here and there, that even now, having finished the book, had no relevance I could see, which I found a mite annoying. And for me, although the villain of this book was well set up as menacing and unscrupulously dangerous, in the final climax she was overcome far too easily for my taste. These two points are my reason for the 4 stars, rather than 5.
Although I haven’t really read much SF in recent years, overall I enjoyed this book a lot, and will be reading more of the series.
At only 99c for a substantial book, what are you waiting for?
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