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About the Author
- ASIN : B016JPTGN6
- Publisher : Ace (April 19, 2016)
- Publication date : April 19, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1257 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 134 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #184,493 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story offers a romance, plenty of action and a satisfactory ending regarding our characters while setting things up for a series. Andrews delivered a dark tale that pulled me in with its science-fiction elements, off-world premise with unique magic and characters.
While this is a novella it had all the elements of a full-length story, and I devoured it in a single sitting. I found the war ridden planet and Karina’s new digs interesting. The whole Matrix vibe was cool and left me craving more.
I wish it had been full length to allow the relationship to develop. There were a few chuckles about superheroes and watching Karina Tucker give attitude to a man three times her size was hilarious. We see transformation and growth from our heroine. We also bear witness to the changes she brings to those around her.
The main male characters, Lucas, Henry, Daniel and Arthur are complex and fascinating and I want to get to know their stories. The female, Karina, may have possibilities but she only has time to carry the story and react. I was completely into the story, as I am with all of Ilona Andrews books, but then it ended. I have to think the authors were noodling around with this storyline as the basis of a new series, like the Edge perhaps, but they got diverted, lost interest, or ran out of time. They seem to have done something similar with the Hidden Legacy series.
Ilona Andrews are very talented writers who consistently create some of the best fantasy books available and this must have been one that was either abandoned or postponed. I hope they return to it and turn this world into at least one full novel. The novella as it stands is worth reading and I am glad I did but I hope there will be more.
Top reviews from other countries
The storyline based on a powerful male and a stubborn female with special powers is the same as across all the other books. However, in this novel we are introducing a new perspective- forcing the female into the corner before she gives in. The fact that Karina is forced to be food is taken by her in a stride. Lucas mentions how much he wants to have sex with her in a way that cannot not but likened to rape. I get there is survival but I don't get how Karina disregards and skips over such details as being plucked from her regular life and being forced to ingratiate herself to her captors by cooking.
I also find the fact that her sadness over losing her freedom is forgotten when her account of her life makes it sound as if it was miserable anyway questionable. Her dead husband was a douche and he died so it's fine if she does not mention him outside of the one conversation with Lucas when recounting her marriage just makes him pity and admire her.
I don't think I will be reading anything beyond Kate Daniels and the Innkeeper series from this author.