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Honeyed Words (Sarah Jane Beauhall) Paperback – July 5, 2011
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“A hip, urban take on dragons and dwarves packed with great one-liners like 'Troll at two o'clock.' Add to that, a sexy blacksmith in Doc Martens. It's about time we had a fantasy heroine like Sarah Beauhall!” ―Kay Kenyon, author of Bright of the Sky on Black Blade Blues
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Four books in, Sarah is still learning that juggling act between paying the bills, keeping her sanity and protecting her loved ones from evil. The world of fantasy and Nordic lore surrounds her and then she has to go dispose of junk mail or mend fences with her family. This makes them both part of the same world rather than a "hidden world" superior to our own. Sometimes the cliffhanger involved in a chapter is really a personal one.
Disclaimer: I picked up "Night Terrors" initially in a Humble Bundle and came back around to pick up the first three. I had to Google it so here's the sequence for those interested in doing a better job of reading them in order.
1) "Black Blade Blues"
2) "Honeyed Words"
3) "Forged in Fire"
4) "Night Terrors"
Unfortunately Sarah is still running around trying to hide from the world that she now know exists. This makes it a very very slow book and, for me, this is the biggest fault of this book. Christ, I think 90% of the book must have gone before she even picks up the sword again! I really do not want to read more about Sarah’s childish and stubborn rage and denials. After the first book and maybe half of this one I would have expected Sarah to get on with it and start to step into the role that, obviously, have been prepared for her. Instead it is not until the very end and the last few pages that we see a glimpse of that.
J. A. Pitts is a reasonably good writer. The book is well written as such. If I where more into characters and character development than the fantasy and action part of the story then I would probably have enjoyed the book much more. The basic idea behind the story appeals to me though. J. A. Pitts have created a interesting world of dwarfs, elves and other mythical entities that is quite different from how we normally gets them presented yet he has managed to retain many of their classical features. However, the story really never seems to take off. Not only that but it ends with half a conclusion and a rather large cliffhanger. After having read through all that slow going it has to be said that getting a big cliffhanger thrown in your face was somewhat disappointing. I am quite hesitant whether or not to pick up the next book. I probably will though since I still think the story has promise and I still hope that it will start to get going.
I gave the last book two stars on Goodreads and Amazon. This one gets three out of five. I would really have liked to be able to give half stars since I do not really think it is worth more than two and a half for me.
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Picked up the series because someone mentioned the good writing of the relationship, stayed for the mythology ties.