- Series: In the Wake of the Templars (Book 1)
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Night Shade Books (July 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597808148
- ISBN-13: 978-1597808149
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,866,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dangerous Type: In the Wake of the Templars Book One Paperback – July 7, 2015
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I really liked the premise of this novel, but I didn’t feel like it followed through on its promise. It’s really a novel detailing how someone pursued revenge on their abuser. I did not like Raena’s character and because she’s the main character, it made it hard to appreciate the rest of the novel. While it’s made clear how the circumstances of her life lead her to become closed off, enigmatic, and vicious, I did not understand why she was put on a pedestal by the rest of the characters in this novel. Nothing in her personality made her seem endearing to me other than the fact that she was considered to be beautiful. And that wasn’t enough for me. I felt that the other characters of the novel built up the novel more than Raena in terms of information and emotion while Raena’s actions drove the major plot developments. But overall the plot of the story was good even though it occasionally stagnated. Thallian was a brutal villain and was done well, as were his different sons. The set up and the end of the novel were both good.
The narration by Liv Anderson was okay. She didn’t leave enough space between two different characters’ first person perspectives, which made listening confusing. The production quality was good. I would recommend this novel to someone who likes revenge stories set in space.
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So this is an odd genre amalgamation that reads more like a video game than a book. A galactic Lara Croft assassin. The scene progression and MC challenges have that format. Additionally, the hyper-sexualized presentation of Raena and her sexual exploits are detached and unerotic. Too much to be science fiction and too unengaged to be erotica.
Science fiction has ways of either breaking down contemporary social constructs or reinforcing them. The elements here definitely conform to a paternalistic and inequitable world based on gender with a very deliberate use of the Gaze and displaying the female form. And while that feels off, the world building is under developed. Intergalactic travel and refrigerators, burners and bath tubs? Cargo pants and sweater?
Structurally, there are too many points of view: Kavanaugh, Sloane, Ariel, Thallian, Jimi, Revan, Jain, Eilif, at this point I stopped keeping track. Just too many. Unless one is questioning credibility doing a Rashomon multi-perspective, which is not the case here, this comes across as messy and unexamined.
I like sociopaths and a female one doubly so. The thing is... I like my sociopaths to not be completely divorced from being able to relate, to possess a poisoned rationality. I prefer something's that bent and twisted, not completely broken. And unfortunately, that's what Raena is--broken. Fierce, capable, but so disturbed by past circumstances that she's incapable of meaningful interaction.
Raena's character is not one to relate to, which as the protagonist is problematic, and as the story progresses and the reader finally gets her POV it is even less flattering. There is some backpedalling near the end, but to me it was unsuccessful. Thallian and Raena are two sociopaths in a co-dependent relationship. Neither is healthy and they're both drawn to each other. This story is when she finally realizes what she's tied to and attempts to severe it.
The ending was going so well when there was a drastic, uncharacteristic change in behavior--and the entirety of a character's actions countered at a pivotal moment. Fail. Originally, I was floundering between 2.5-3 stars for the book, but that was the death knell.
Overall, hell bent on revenge, but lacking emotion.
Favorite quote: "The question is not why Thallian was in my life. It’s why was I in his?"