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- Publication Date: November 20, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PXGD274
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The books are not stand alone novels...not really. They all have a beginning and an "issue" to deal with (which is accomplished by the end of the book, so no actual cliff-hanger ending), but the over-arching storyline advances quite slowly throughout the first three books and nothing there is resolved by the end of the third book. You definitely will need to read the fourth to see if it concludes.
Additionally, I am not quite certain why the author chose to break up the books the way she did. I don't know that the main characters in book two really needed or deserved an entire book devoted almost exclusively to the pair of them when Sardelle and Ridge are clearly the main focus of the over-arching story. I see why Ahn and Tee are brought into the storyline, but I don't understand why the we're introduced in the second book as prominent characters when they clearly aren't...at least not yet. Maybe the author changes them in the fourth book? I don't know.
Lastly, the books aren't romantic enough to really be considered "romance" novels but on the other hand contain a little too much romance between the characters to really be called "science fiction". This fuzzy-ness in clarity of the genre is really what bothers me the most and is the reason I would not have purchased books two or three if they had not come bundled for one price.
Will I purchase the fourth? Yes, most likely because I am hoping that Ms. Buroker finishes the series in the next book. I doubt, given her writing style, that I will purchase anything beyond book four, should the author choose to drag the series beyond that...I am simply not interested enough.
I downloaded this set expecting to find a fantasy trilogy, but was disappointed to find that this is far more romance than anything else. As fantasy, it's shallow, underdeveloped, and vague. The world, the magical system, and its complexities are never really explored; instead, pages are devoted to the leads exploring each others' bodies. You might get through these books if you like romance, but the constant and painfully contrived plot twists to throw the main characters into adventure after wild adventure to deepen their passions, as well as the ever-present starry-eyed mooning of each lead for their romantic counterpart, slowly started to drive me insane.
Perhaps what irritates me most -- and is generally the hallmark of bad fantasy -- is the ambiguous magic system. Two books in, I still have no idea what is within the power of those with dragon blood. The best I can figure is that it's some strange matter generation/telekinesis/telepathy conglomerate. Which, as you might guess, causes magic users to be uninteresting and pointlessly overpowered, and magic itself to be generic phlebotinum that drives the plot.
The characters themselves are charming and witty, and the author is great at writing fairly charismatic female leads, but there's not much variance; Zirkander, Sardelle, Jaxi, Cas, and Tolomek all have the same sense of humor and feel like the same person.
While Ms. Buroker has a good grasp of prose and narration itself, the plots and characterization are severely lacking. If the author maps out her worlds with significantly more detail, works on diversifying her characters, and lightens up on the heavy romance angle, she could be a wonderful fantasy writer. As it is, I won't be continuing this series.