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Intrigues: Book One of The Blending Enthroned (Blending Enthroned, Bk 1) Mass Market Paperback – October 3, 2000
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Sharon Green is the author of more than two dozen novels, including the five books of her tremendously popular series, The Blending. She lives in Tennessee.
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It has so many great elements to it, a unique fantasy setting, magic, intrigue, and lore. The only thing I don't really like about it is the fact that it is a romance novel and there is a bit of a reoccurring cliche/theme that involves misunderstandings that nobody bothers to settle or clarify until much later than they really should.
I did enjoy the original five books more than three from the Enthroned set, but I still love all eight. Posting this review on all 8 books.
Almost the entire story is told via conversation. And the dialog is so mannered, awkward and formal - even when it is mere agreement. For example:
"Let's also say that your violence would have mine to keep it company."
This book could've been one third its final length if she'd written "Agreed." once in a while. But instead she has one member of the Blending state an idea, then has a short paragraph for _every_ other member to make a statement agreeing with it. She does this with other conversations as well, but mercifully, those tend to have fewer people in the room.
The obsession with tea and (for the women) bathing also gets old.
All of the bad guys are pretty much the same character divided into different bodies, which can make them a bit hard to keep track of. However, it is still entertaining to watch their downfall.
The world Ms. Green has built here is really interesting, but this particular novel doesn't really do it justice. Still, it is readable, and Book Two in the Blending Enthroned series is a bit better, so it may be worth reading this one. However, my best recommendation is to stop with Book 5 of the original Blending series.
The continuation of the first part of the series takes place immediately after the fifth book of the blending series.