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This review is from: Ill Met by Moonlight (The Doubled Edge, Book 2) (Hardcover)
Mercedes Lackey has written and co-written over 50 novels, so I guess it is expected that there will be some that are better than others. I found that this novel and the preceeding novel in the series were excellent, and since I have been disapointed in some of this authors works in the past, it was a nice suprise.
All of the characters are well written and rarely ever slide into the "annoying" category. I found myself cheering for both sets of twins, light and dark. While some of the dark sidhe were a little stereotypical, namely the prince and his consort, they were not annoying and were such a minor part of the novel that it was easy to ignore them and focus on the rest of the story. There is a huge cast of characters and in other novels by other authors, when this is the case there are often huge problems associated with choppiness and confusion, as each character gets lost in the shuffle. This is definately not the case here, where there are many minor characters that are integral to the plot and amazingly enough, each seems to have thier own well developed personality. Some authors manage this by endlessly describing thier characters outfits or always having the character speak in a certain way, or use a certain pet phrase, and it was refreshing to see that somehow, the authors have avoided the use of annoyingly repetitive mechanisms to define both thier major and minor characters.
The best thing about this novel to my mind was the "believability" of it. I know that fiction is far seperate from reality, but after reading this novel its almost hard to imagine that the events that occured in our history did not actually occur the way they occured in the novel. I don't know very much about the history of that period in time, and perhaps if I did I would not like it as much, but the way the events from our history were explained in terms of the novel was great.
Perhaps the only criticism about this novel is that at times it verged on a play-by-play accounting of the characters lives over the years that the novel takes place in, but most of the time it wasn't a problem, only when you were waiting on pins and needles to see what was happening to another character at that time. Also, at other points there were jarring time jumps that distracted the reader from the flow of the novel, such as "for the next year and a half so and so..." or "all during the year 15xx to the end of the next year so and so was..." This was distracting because there were periods in the novel of so much information and then all of the sudden, 2 years had passed, usually just with a short sentence like those I paraphrased at the end of a paragraph or chapter.
It is hard for me to find anything major to criticise about this novel, while it is not my favorite novel, it is definately one that I will buy and read again. That includes the first book in the series as well, which I think is slightly better than this one.
This novel is fun, exciting, diverting and definately a good read. I cannot wait for the next book in the series, which doesn't seem to be listed anywhere on any of the publishers or authors websites. I hope it comes soon. In the meantime, I am interested enough to research and learn more about that time in thw worlds history.