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Shattered Dance Paperback – October 1, 2006
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Caitlin Brennan is the author of a dozen acclaimed novels, including "The Mountain's Call", "Song of Unmaking", and "Shattered Dance". A graduate of Yale and Cambridge University, she holds degrees in ancient and medieval history, and breeds Lipizzan horses at Dancing Horse Farm, her home in Vail, Arizona. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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To me the books were amazing and appealed especially to my imagination and heart - wonderful writer, whom transported me into the books and the dance.
Ok, so honestly I was really disappointed with this book. I had enjoyed the previous two books, but just found the characters to be utterly irritating and foolish. Maybe that was just an attempt to make them more human, but I found myself wanting to throttle them more often than not. First off Kerrec ultimately just has to marry someone other than Valeria in order to provide an heir. First I simply thought that was rather contrived and that there was little exploration of other options which in a real life situation surely would have been available. If you can change the law to make a "dead" prince come back so that his children can succeed the throne than surely it wouldn't be the end of the world to have his wife be the famous rider who's saved Aurelia how many times now?!
But even if we assume that there really was no other way, I could barely stand him in that he just thought it was ok to speak to Valeria incredibly briefly about this rather life changing subject and then spend the next 10 days engrossed in wedding festivities and never even bother to take the time to talk to her, make sure she's dealing with this ok, or even realize that she's no longer there. I thought he was acting as a selfish you know what and from the moment he did that my entire opinion about him changed and the appreciation I'd had for him from the earlier books was completely gone such that I really was rather hoping she would have stayed with Euan.
And while we're on the subject of Euan, I was rather disgusted by Valeria's behavior. She just decides in a flippant fashion that it would be a good move to agree to be the queen of the tribes, her country's most hated enemy. And she glosses it over by saying that she knew there'd be war between them but maybe she could temper it or something. Are you kidding me? How could she possibly have thought that that would work out? Her actions with Euan were foolish, disrespectful of Euan and his people, and uncaring for his feelings. They showed no thought on her part, and I just had trouble reconciling the concept that I had of Valeria with the person blithely throwing herself into a wedding that could never have worked as she entered it. If she really wanted to help her people than she should have conditioned her marriage upon a peace treaty, but I suppose no one wanted her to end up with Euan. Anyway I don't suppose it matters much who she ends up with but I certainly didn't appreciate how two characters I'd grown to really love became such unthinking and even petty people.
I suppose part of my feelings may be biased by the fact that I'm not sure that there's a situation that could exist which would make me willing to share my husband/partner/whatever with another woman, but all in all I somewhat enjoyed the book but after finishing it I have found myself to be quite dissatisifed - I was just hoping for that excellent resolution that just never came.