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3.0 out of 5 stars 2nd in Thirsting for Blood series thrills but doesn't measure up to Never Ceese, September 12, 2009
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Forever Richard by Sue Dent is the second book in the Thirsting for Blood series. The first book, Never Ceese, is really required reading to truly enjoy and understand the myriad of characters in this thriller. Ceese, a former werewolf, and Richard, her brother and a former vampire, are thrilled to be rid of their respective curses, but when one of their friends is cursed, they return to Richard's castle in England to save him. A old enemy is waiting for them there and soon joins forces with a more recent antagonist. Several surprise characters keep the pair on their toes as does the prospect of romance for each of them. This sequel isn't as strong as the first book. There are so many characters that it was difficult to truly empathize with any them. It also lacks a cohesive goal; they spend more time reacting then acting. An incredibly frustrating part of the book is that all of the characters are keeping secrets from each other, and the reader isn't aware of any of them, and when a character may be about to spill one, events pop up to end the conversation before any real information is shared. There's a fine line between teasing your reader along with snippets and making the reader feel like the odd man out. Dent writes thrilling action scenes, however, and her characters are real. Not all of the members of the group are likable, but that makes them more human and the story, real. I will definitely read the third book: Cyn No More, in hopes that the focus of the story returns to Ceese, Richard, and Cassie.
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Initial post: Sep 12, 2009 7:41:18 PM PDT
Sue Dent says:
It's interesting to note (for me anyway) that as reviews come in what some find frustrating many others find quite enjoyable. It is series work and as an author I strive to keep new readers as in the loop as much as possible without boring readers of the first book. I worried about this at first of course but an outstanding review from the British Fantasy Society let me know that I at least hit the mark. :)
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