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This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
I really love the characters, especially Brenna and Rebecca. I love watching their interactions and their friendship. One of the greatest underlying stories of the books is the stories of their friendship. I liked that this edition of the series really let Rebecca shine. Proving that, even though she IS Brenna's `Shadow', it doesn't mean she was meant to live in it. I think this helped to really show that their friendship is one of equals. Brenna has also completely embraced her family and the succubus life style. She no longer has the moral issues that plagued her in previous books and is able to stand on her own without second guessing herself.
On that note I want to comment about the whole Succubus/Telepath life style. While Brenna has her `soul mate', she is NOT monogamous. This is a very significant change from your typical `soul mate' romance. But Kingsolver has really made the romance in their world work. I'm not saying that I would want an open relationship *shrug* not my thing. But Brenna's love isn't twisted or warped. What she feels for the ones she loves is pure and simple love. The sex that she has that isn't love related, and more related to her job or to her powers, isn't made to seem sluttish, it is just part of who she is and the author again is able to make it work. I never once feel that she is heartless or cruel, everything she does is because of her gifts or to benefit those she cares for and for that reason, at least I think, is why I don't think I look at her any differently than I would heroines who only have sex with their chosen ones.
I will say that there are parts of the story that bothered me, and they weren't sex related. The whole relationship between Rebecca and her mother is the issue. Considering how the clan has been portrayed up to this point in the stories I really wondered why her mom let her be raised and hurt as a child the way that she was. I would have thought that if her mom had known what was going on she would have stepped in with the full backing of the clan and rescued her long before she was found as a wilder.
Despite my issues with that I did really enjoy this one. There are so many possibilities opening up in Kingsolver's world. I can't wait to see how Rebecca and Brenna's journey unfolds in future novels. Also, and I have to put this in, the first part of the book had me really cracking up. I literally forced my boyfriend to listen to me recap it to him. It was one of those `Oh my God' perfect scenes. I say read the novel if only for the first scene alone. Again there is a list of the powers and their definitions at the end of the novel. I hope at one point in the future maybe a side book can be written to accompany the novels that explains all the powers and where exactly their names come from. Since most are obviously named after the clans where the gifts are most genetically prominent, but maybe something explaining who the first recorded users were?
I love this series. Overall I give it 5 out of 5 stars, and this book I give 5 out of 5 easy. I think that this novel can stand on its own even without reading the previous books, but I recommend reading them in order so you can truly appreciate how Brenna and Rebecca have grown and evolved from their humble roots.
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