- File Size: 971 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Daring Greatly Corporation (November 19, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 19, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AA5CNHS
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Tears of the Furies (A Novel of the Menagerie) Kindle Edition
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I have read many books over the years written by two (or more) authors. Most of the time, I don't notice. Regrettably, it is very noticeable with this series. At the beginning, the team splits: three go to Greece to investigate mysterious murders and four go (eventually) to the Underworld. I can't help but think the two writers each handled one segment - and it was like reading two different books. This issue was exacerbated when it came to character development - they are all one dimensional because there is no connection between them, or the two lines of the plot. The hobgoblin, Squire, can travel through shadows. I know because EVERY SINGLE TIME the story switched back to him readers were again told that he travels through shadows (this after being told every time in book one). It's like the author has to remind you after you come back from reading that other book! But, that's all the info we really get about him. Eve, the ultimate sinner, is a vampire with a refined taste in fashion. But, how did she come to be with the Menagerie and why? With such an unusual and eccentric bunch of characters, that it is implied have been together for a long time, I expected more camaraderie - or at least familial nitpicking - and some sharp, funny, emotional dialog. That is completely lacking. They are like strangers to one another.
I did like that these novels incorporate so much historical into the fantastical, and that the various mythologies and religions all exist and have unforeseen repercussions. The overarching plot with the DemoGorgon and Sweetblood is tantalizing while still allowing each book to have closure. In short, all the ingredients are here for the perfect recipe of urban fantasy. But, in this case, too many cooks are spoiling the pot.
Head of the group is Arthur Conan Doyle who is reveals to be a great magician gifted with a very long life, among other things. His team includes Squire - the worlds crudest hobgoblin and Eve - fashion junkie, vampire, and mother of us all. Then there's Clay - the universe's oldest shape-changer, Graves - ghost of a gentleman adventurer, and Danny - teenager on the way to being a demon. And finally, there is Ceridwen - Doyle's Faerie ex-lover. Quite a motley crew.
What they do is kill monsters while preparing for the battle at the end of the world. In this episode Nigel Gull, Doyle's fellow sturdent and old enemy, tricks Doyle into going after the Medusa. She has been brought back to life by Gull because he believes that only someone as ugly as the Medusa could love someone as ugly as him. Not very good logic, but Gull has a plan. On that involves having Doyle lay waste to almost all of Greek mythology.
That is why the book doesn't quite succeed. Every 25 pages or so another mythological monster trots on stage and gets wiped out. In between, slews of people are turned to stone. It gets repetitive. And the writers mess with that mythology as needed until things don't quite make sense. A six thousand year old vampire from Eden should have a better grasp of things Greek, And nobody should think that dress boots are the right attire for hell.
The dialog isn't wooden, but it doesn't flow all that smoothly either. Character development is also less than what is needed for such an unlikely group of heroes. So while this isn't a bad book, it never comes together for the reader. I'm going to keep following the series because I like both authors, but I hope they reign in some of the story line so that the characters become more believable and the plot becomes more than 'see monster, kill monster.'
Now don't get me wrong, it had a few bumps along the way, about midway. Where this novel started out pretty good and interesting, it all the sudden took a nose dive about a 1/3 of the way in, and I almost put it down without finishing it. A few times.
But then, all of the sudden, the monotony that the 1st reviewer mentioned wore off, and it was like one of the writers - most likely Christopher Golden - took over and gave it that extra and much needed UMPH! (Sorry, Mr. Sniegoski if I am wrong.)
The last half of the book is filled with Olypian-sized action/adventure, with very creative settings and action-filled scenes that never let up. I liked the twist and turns of this novel, too. There were some cool surprises mixed in with all the bloody mayhem. The creatures of Olympus here were written very well, giving it a much needed overhaul that fit this dark fantasy a living, breathing world, (or Underworld, I should say!), that breathed new life into magnificent old myths and legends.
I enjoyed it immensely. And you should, too. Just read through the ho-hum parts, and the real meat and potatoes of the story unfold like a runaway locomotive. Truly exciting.