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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1541333047
- Publication Date: November 7, 2016
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- Language: English
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Often times transitional novels offer more of the same. Not the case here. I re-read "Honor at Stake" before reading this one to better see how they compare. This novel has more of a Buffy team feel as the number of team members grows. There are also plenty of Buffy references to go along with this. One thing I thought nicely done was that the story did escalate to a bigger threat, but managed to leave plenty of hints that we were just touching on these developments. Still providing of suspense, actions scenes, and character development to provide a fully fleshed novel. Marco and Amanda again are the main emphasis, but Merle Kraft also develops more. Merle is still a bit of an enigma that we know we are going to learn of more latter, including regarding his brothers. One aspect of monster killing went back to Stroker's Dracula. The aspect involving what Van Helsing got an indulgence for.
There are also plenty of inside jokes to come across and some great lines to chuckle along with. I gave it five stars mostly because it totally fulfills its premise and makes the most of it along with just being a ton of fun to read.
Now, Why are you still reading this review? If you haven't read book 1, do that first. If you have, start reading this book.
Nope. I don't do vampires. I read Bram Stoker's 'Dracula,' and it was interesting in a creepy sort of way because it was written as a series of letters, but...
...but after that, nope. I don't do vampires.
Why? Because I'm a sissy who is scared of the dark plus the stuff lurking in it. It all started when I was a kid and watched Disney movies, and yeah, Disney will just terrify you, and if you don't believe me, then YOU be six tears old and watch the banshee scenes in 'Darby O'Gill and the Little People.'
I don't do vampires, and I don't do horror, and I sleep with a gun on the bedside table loaded with silver bullets. (I made up the silver bullets part). And although I do confess to having a seriously drug-soaked past, I never got into psychedelics because they had monsters in them.
Doesn't mean I didn't get a twinge of curiosity every once in a while, though. So, when Baen's Free Library had a book by Nigel Bennett and P N Elrod about The Ethical Vampire, I CAUTIOUSLY explored it. And I discovered that if you eliminate the evil creepy stuff, it makes for some pretty good conflict situations. People have to struggle with their own power, and placing limits on what they do, so they DON'T become monsters. I can relate to that, in a way I can't relate to classical undead, or the crap about vampire romance.
Okay, Declan Finn takes THAT set-up, and turns it up a notch. What if a vampire not only had to struggle with not being evil, but with actually being good? And what if the vampire destruction tools (holy water, the cross) had a real power that could be used other than destruction?
So now, we have the Vatican Ninja team and vampires who go to mass, and we discover that avoiding the power of the dark side of vampire life also means that the strength of the light side is increased.
And Marco, who is brilliant, athletic, virtuous, and an utter idiot when it comes to women, is just doing his best to take care of his neighborhood. Except he falls in love with a virtuous vampire, and BECAUSE he is virtuous, and also an idiot when it comes to dealing with women, he can't tell her he loves her. (And everything above this line pertains to the entire story arc, and not to this book alone)
So he moves to San Francisco to get away from her, because he craves her so badly, and he doesn't want to sin, and he doesn't want to sully her with his loathsome presence, and he has the idea that being away from Amanda will mean he won't think about Amanda.
Yeah, right. Never heard 'absence makes the heart grow fonder.'
I would have to consider punching Declan in the throat if he had made the tension last any longer. .
It appears the main characters of Finn's Love at First Bite series have never heard of a certain 90's commercial because they sure aren't going to Disneyland.
When writing to sequels, Finn obviously comes from the Terry Goodkind (of Sword of Truth fame): the heroes solve a seemingly impossible problem in one book, only to face an even bigger obstacle in the next. Thus, Murphy's Law of Vampires. Since our heroes are well-equipped to fight vampires, as established in Book One, they must face someone(thing) new entirely. If you're only reading this review to find out if Book Two is just "more of the same," as sadly too many sequels are, I'll tell you right away: it isn't. Go buy it now. It's safe.
Still here? OK.
Aside from a different and mysterious villain, there are some new characters to meet. Marco ends up traveling to San Francisco, and much fun is had at the expense of the West Coast setting and the inhabitants. One can always count on Finn giving us a few extra-quirky characters, but when set in SanFran, the quirkiness actually feels organic (ha!) rather than a literary device. You love them one moment and want to smack them the next, but the point is, you care about them and want to know more.
Familiar characters don't get short shrift in development either. You get deeper inside their heads, understand them better, and some open questions from Book One get explored further or answered entirely. They become more complete, and they also learn and grow as the story goes on. Romance still moves at a snail's pace, but it's better than the alternative and more true to life in any case.
Action sequences are superb, with occasional over-the-top-violence as per usual with this author. All the characterization I mention above does not take away or interfere with action. There's plenty of space for both, and you won't be disappointed in that regard.
Altogether, even though I gave Honor at Stake (Book One) 5 stars on Amazon, I have to say Murphy's Law is better. I can't pinpoint exactly why as I am not a professional reviewer. It's possible that I have naturally lower expectations of sequels and this one surprised me. Or it could be that Finn is now producing a higher quality prose. Either way, it's highly recommended, and I can't wait to see what new challenges Marco, Amanda and their merry crew will face in the next and final installment.
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