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- ASIN : B003IYI7M8
- Publisher : Zebra Books (October 1, 2010)
- Publication date : October 1, 2010
- Language: : English
- File size : 1434 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 433 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #906,743 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But beautiful, clever Bennett Day is different. He's a complex and interesting character, and his honesty, loyalty to his cause, and generous spirit won me over.
Our heroine, London Harcourt, is fantastic. During a stifling childhood, marriage, and widowhood, her only rebellion has been to secretly learn ancient languages. When her father learns of her knowledge, he brings her along on a trip to Greece, where she's eager to experience and discover absolutely everything. However, her discoveries about her father and her late husband devastate her. The ties London has to her family and her past, and the desire and connection she Bennett feel with each other, lead to the kind of emotional scenes I like to read over and over again.
Scoundrel takes place in Greece and an outlying island as well as on ships in the Aegean sea. The author paints this world in sun-soaked, dazzling detail. I loved Athena, a Blade and powerful witch, and the flirtation between her and the ship captain was a fun counterpoint to Bennett and London's passionate and conflicted relationship. Their emotional story is realistic and believable all the way through. As with all four of the Blades novels, the action scenes are exciting and imaginative, the depictions of magic are utterly original, and the love scenes will make your toes curl.
This was an excellent follow up to the fabulous first book, Warrior. I was pretty stoked about that, because it gives me confidence about how the rest of the series will turn out! Sometimes an author just cannot live up to how excellent the first book in a series is, and it is such a disappointment to the reader. That's not the case here!
I think the author made an exceedingly smart choice by moving the location of this book. We aren't in Mongolia with this one, we're in Greece and the islands nearby. I loved the Mongolian scenery, but by having this one in Greece I didn't even have the slightest urge to stop and compare it to the first book.
We didn't get quite the same sense of culture and information about Greece that we did about Mongolia in the first book, but that's understandable. The characters were on a ship for most of the book and weren't visiting the islands enough to give a well developed sense of the people there. We did get a glimpse of them now and then, but they did feel more like scenery than full robust characters.
I really liked getting to watch the romance between the secondary characters on the ship. We didn't actually dwell on their relationship from their pov, we just got to watch it from Bennett and London's pov. I liked that because I never felt that it took away time from London and Bennett's relationship (as I sometimes do with secondary romances that have half of the book devoted to them) but I did look forward to a glimpse of their relationship progress now and then. I loved that they felt necessary to the book even if it wasn't their story. I especially enjoyed watching Athena come into her own with her powers. It was really nice getting a glimpse of someone who has gifts that they were born with. Although I do still wonder about Bennett's affinity with shadows...
I really enjoyed watching London move past her initial restrictions. Not only was she the daughter of the enemy trying to fit in with a group who hates her family, she was raised as the traditional delicate English rose. She didn't have adventures and she didn't know how to take care of herself in a fight. It was nice that she wasn't magically a Xena-like character right out of the gate. I enjoyed watching her become someone stronger and more confident in herself. I also liked watching the joy and verve she had for every new experience she came across. Here was a girl who had longed for life and finally she got a taste of it.
I really enjoyed the initial struggle and anger London had over the reveal of Bennett's past with her. It added some much appreciated tension. I also enjoyed watching Bennett circle around her trying to find a way to insert himself into her regard. He wanted her to look at him and see someone she wanted to spend time with. I also really liked that London did not cast aside the life that she had known at the drop of a hat. I found her behavior much more realistic and interesting than if she had known Bennett for five minutes and believe him right away. Then I would have just thought she was an idiot!
Bennett was such a fun character! I really enjoyed being in his head. Just like with the first book, his internal dialogue kept me giggling. I really enjoyed his life outlook. He was such an in the moment guy. I don't mean that he didn't have the ability to think long term, I mean that he could take pleasure from the little things that he encountered daily. He didn't need much to stay happy.
I really felt for both of the characters when they had that discussion about what love meant to them. I liked that London wasn't willing to settle for less in the long term, but didn't dismiss his view as foolish. She never dismissed his belief, she just made it clear that it didn't mean the same thing to her. My heart broke for them later when he kept saying something and she kept ignoring it. (vague on purpose to avoid spoilers!) Then when they talked about the "monkey hats..." I couldn't help but sigh. :)
The only reason I gave this .5 stars less than the first one was because I wanted a bit more struggle on Bennett's part winning London. Where I loved the first one for its lack of drama, I really would have appreciated a bit more here. I just felt that everything came easily to Bennett and I would have enjoyed watching him work for it more. Like he did when she was ticked at him on the ship originally. He kept sticking a hand out hoping for her to give him an opening and she just kept slapping it away.
Other than that tiny little niggle I enjoyed the book immensely! I can't wait to get my hands on Rebel!
The evil guys are a bit too simplistic for my taste though, but that is one small flaw in the middle of a lot of good stuff.