The End of Darkness (Druid's Curse Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I was pleasantly surprised by this one! I started out not really know what I was getting into because while I had read the blurb a while ago, I didn't really remember what it was about but once I passed chapter one, I was sucked into the story. So far, I love the idea behind this series and that Ryley is a Druid that's being hunted by the Fae and their monsters. I love that Eirik comes to his rescue and how Ryley instantly hates Eirik for not being able to save his family. It was interesting seeing Eirik struggle with being calm in the wake of Ryley's rage but that's why I loved Eirik and he was so fierce and protective, too! I just loved him so much, he literally melted my heart. The relationship that Ryley and Eirik build during their time together was really sweet, though. I loved that Eirik was so patient and I loved that Ryley struggled with what's happening and how he now has this burden of keeping his family's traditions alive. Once I really got into the story, I couldn't put it down!
But this one did start a bit rocky for me because I'm not a huge fan of authors who have prologues (in this case it's really chapter one) start before the rest of the story happens. I don't know why but it's always so jarring for me and when I realized chapter two happens two days before chapter one, I almost didn't bother continuing but I'm glad I did because things got better after that, no more 'time hops' or 'flashbacks'. However, while that was my biggest pet peeve, I will say Ryley annoyed me quite a bit. He was adamant that he was an adult and all that because he's twenty-one but yet, he acted like a child most of the time. It really pissed me off that he grew up as he did but yet had no idea about his history or culture. That, to me, is beyond ridiculous because even when you don't want to know something or care about it, hearing it and seeing it happen over and over again for twenty-one years, you should at least retain some of that information and Ryley never did. It really annoyed me that he had no idea about his history at all and just showed how selfish and self-absorbed he was.
All in all, though, I did enjoy this one even if I didn't like Ryley all that much. I did love Ryley and Eirik together and adored Eirik beyond belief. I can't wait to see what happens next and hope we don't have to wait long for the second book.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
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- ASIN : B07QFNB7HN
- Publication date : April 15, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 5235 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 199 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #639,308 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I can understand Ryley's desire to not have the responsibility that his family held, but I found his doubt about the necessity of the rituals to be a bit confusing. It seems to me that he would either disbelieve all magic, or fully believe; accepting that the family had a responsibility, and yet denying that the responsibility was necessary was odd to me.
I liked the story and the premise. I liked all the secondary characters. I liked Eirik as one of the MCs. The biggest problem with the book for me was Ryley. Hated him. He was such an immature/bratty character that I never warmed up to him. Hopefully, the MC in the next installment is more likable.