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I figured out where Orion was early on, but situations made me second-guess myself many times. I also did not want to know how Jewel came to be - I guess it is normal for centaurs, but I really didn't want to think about it. I was also just as surprised as Xanthee when I found out about the female centaurs. I knew something was up, but that is not what I expected.
I do want to read the next book, to find out what happens to all the characters, especially Mardyth - after all he has been through, he is still sacrificing for his people. I want a HEA for him, but I don't know that it is possible, mentally or emotionally. I also would like to see what changes Xanthee is able to make for the female centaurs - I expect lots of changes in their social standing.
This is not a light, happy read. It is thought provoking and the world is one I've never encountered. I am glad I read it, and look forward to the next book "Through Rain and Marauding Centaurs" due out in 2014.
The second thing that makes this a difficult read are the characters. The main character, is a half bread centaur - she seem human but has a tail. She's shunned, mocked, abused, and treated worse than most animals. But she's survived. Good for her. This whole book deals with survival and how a tragedy 15 years previously affected the few who lived. Everyone in this story has scars.
I thought the story itself was interesting, and while I did not truly bond with the characters, wanting to know WHY kept me reading when I'd otherwise have stopped. Unfortunately, this is the first book in a trilogy. Which means I didn't get my questions answered.
My big problems dealt with the characters, who with only two exceptions, didn't seem to behave n any sort of understandable way. Lets take the main character - she's obviously smart, but she never questions anything. She know's you're lying but doesn't either call you on it, or figure out why your lying. She just accepts it. She finds out someone she knows killed the only man to care for her? She doesn't change the way she behaves with him. Or even thinks about him. It's like it never registered.
And the sex? It wasn't sexy, it was mechanical and didn't add to the plot at all.
There were times where someone would say something and I couldn't figure out how they'd come to that conclusion. I didn't understand the majority of the characters, which made it hard to really like or care about them. I cared about the macro situation - and I didn't get that resolved.
Add to it some truly atrocious treatment of women that made me want to castrate every male centaur in the world, and you get the idea why I can only give this 3 stars. It's a good debut novel, but it's not great.
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