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Belonging to the supernatural/fantasy genre, it is in complete contrast to the southern fiction and mysteries I generally read.
It did take me a little while to get into the vampire mindset, but after the initial odd feel, it began to flow.
Artifice comes in at just under 500 pages. Since I am unfamiliar with the genre, I was also unfamiliar with its typical word count, but it seemed long.
Now that I have finished it, I can tell you that the length fit the story. Too many books these days contain filler, or fluff, to take a book to a predetermined word count. This was not one of them. The story held its tension and conflict throughout and its flow was steady.
As far as characters go, there was a definite difference between genres. In women’s fiction, mysteries, YA, romances, et cetera, when I care about a character, it’s usually on an emotional level. In this book, I cared about the main characters, but on more of a situational level. I rooted for a positive outcome to their situation, but I can’t say I felt a real emotional attachment to any one character.
Being that Druzhina’s are vampires, there will obviously be differences between them and humans. I felt the author did a remarkable job illustrating those differences. From the small details like their ability to heal, nocturnal living, to the fierce loyalty to one another, she painted the picture without drilling it in. She gave her readers credit for getting it on the first mention.
The Druzhina’s dialogue felt stilted, somewhat formal at times. In a romance, general fiction, or a legal thriller, it would have read like poorly written dialogue, but in this story, this genre, it added to the realism of the characters. They are an army of sorts and playful, snappy, witty dialogue like you’d find in a Jonathan Tropper novel would not have worked here.
The author manages to include various settings from around the world. Giving a perfect balance of description without relying too heavily on it, it did not take away from the story. This is an area where I tend to skim-read or skip completely when an author drones on about everything from the setting sun to the long shadows to the traffic and so on. The author set up her scene and then allowed the characters to move the story along, never breaking pace.
Artifice is the first book of a series. There are two types of series. In the first, each book stands alone. You can read one or all, in any order and enjoy them the same. In the second type of series, to truly enjoy the story as a whole, you have to read them in order, beginning with book one. Artifice left so many unanswered questions regarding the main story-line that I finished it feeling a bit cheated. Granted, that is not a flaw in the writing or the author, but rather, the intention. If you read book one and enjoy it, the chances of returning for book two are much greater. I, for one, would prefer to have major plot points resolved with only lingering questions to entice me to read book two, otherwise, it feels like an incomplete read. In a sense, it’s like being held hostage. If the first book is received well, most will return for the next without leaving everything up in the air in book one. But, that is merely my preference and not a flaw in the writing. I’m sure there are many who enjoy the anticipation in waiting for the next installment.
I found most of the chapters to be short and concise. Again, this is a personal preference, but I liked the general chapter length. It made it an easy read. Many times I was going to put the book down to take care of something around the house and ended up reading much further into it than I intended because short chapters make ‘just one more chapter’ irresistible. I had told Lianne I would begin reading it the following week after receiving it. I picked it up the night I received it just to browse and ended up finishing it the following afternoon.
Artifice is a promising debut and one with the ability to entice those who have never ventured into the supernatural genre. It’s not the bats-hanging-from-rafters, coffin-sleeping, garlic, crucifixes and steel stakes type stuff of decades gone by. The story is more human related than vampire related. I would recommend it and keep in mind that by the time you read it and like it, book two will be out.
Before I get too far into the story, I want to point something out about the cover. It's beautiful but it's also a bit misleading. I spent five seconds looking at the picture and decided this was a paranormal romance. The story has elements of both the paranormal and romance genres present, but it is not by any means an actual paranormal romance. It has other elements that are just as prevalent and doesn't follow the typical romance formula that I've seen too many times in other places.
Artifice mixes genres quite effectively. We've got a bit of the paranormal and romance genres as mentioned above but there is also a good deal of mystery mixed in. Eliza doesn't know who or what she is. She has no idea how old she is or where she came from originally. There are others in the book who do and we are clued in early but in many ways we don't know much more than she does. The end of the book leaves Eliza and the reader both still wondering about her personal history. Hints about but much is left to the imagination. I find I like it that way as the mystery helps pull us along in the story and helps build interest in other aspects of the story.
The old saying is that the truth will set you free, but there are some things more compelling than truth. Eliza Ross finds those things in Dmitri Markov, a man sent to plague her--or so she thinks.
I'll have to try to write this carefully to avoid spoilers, because I know readers will want to experience this book the same way I did. What I will say is that Lianne Miller handles this genre very well, allowing the reader to see the world through the confused eyes of an unreliable narrator and without the intrusive framework that many authors insert into this particular type of story. In this case, Miller's deft handling makes it all work, and as Eliza learns more about herself, so do the readers.
Hospitalized with an unusual medical condition, protagonist Eliza questions her ability to function and make sense of the world around her, but she knows something isn't right. She is correct, and it will take time for her, and the reader, to peel back the layers of intrigue about what's really going on, and who the people around her truly are.
The pacing of this story is strong, and as to the mystery, the reader is left guessing, knowing, certain, and then ... Well, why don't you see if you figure it out, too? ;-)
I cannot wait until Book Two comes out!
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