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Subject: June RAL - A Vision of Light - Chapters 10 - End
Date Posted: 5/30/2013 7:11 PM ET
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Discuss chapters 10 to the end here. SPOILERS follow ...
Date Posted: 6/16/2013 1:55 PM ET
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These last two chapters sped by.  There is plenty of foreshadowing of events so that there are no real surprises here, neverless the narrative is entertaining and enjoyable.  I just think Gregory's total lack of self-awareness and his progress toward Humility (of which he is so proud) are a hoot!

My final thoughts are that I enjoyed the book very much and look forward to the second installment, which is waiting for me from the library.  I want to find out what kind of life Margaret and Gregory have together. 

Date Posted: 6/16/2013 11:41 PM ET
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Donna,

As before, you have captured my feelings perfectly! I just adore Gregory - faults & all. I think he is the perfect match for Margaret, even if neither quite knows that yet. And, I too, am looking forward to reading the 2nd book ... something I will probably start sooner rather than later. 

Kelly

 

 

Date Posted: 6/18/2013 8:13 PM ET
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I've started the 2nd book in this trilogy (In Pursuit of the Green Lion) ... have had a chance to read the first 4 pages ... and already back in love with Margaret. I think Merkle does about as good a job at 1st person narrative as any I've seen recently. You feel like she is talking directly to you.

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 6/18/2013 8:49 PM ET
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@ Kelly   Oh, good.  Picking my copy up tomorrow.



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Date Posted: 6/24/2013 12:45 AM ET
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I finished our RAL novel this afternoon. I did enjoy the book, but I'm not sure if I'll go on with the series. I found it a little predictiable and while I liked the characters, I did have some trouble with the broad brush used to draw them. Gregory was just a little over the top for me, and Margaret's gift, while interesting, seemed a bit displaced. I wasn't sure why she was singled out to receive it. I liked her, but she seemed almost too sweet and proper in quite a few respects, while not seeming religious enough to be granted such power. I lost steam a bit at the end. I had to push through the last 40 pages or so. I could see what was coming, and realized that there was most likely going to be a sequel to cover the life of the pair going forward, but wondered if I was hooked enough to see what happened next. That alone made me think I might not be. It was a nice diversion, but not on my list of "OMG...you have to read this!" books.



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Date Posted: 6/24/2013 6:04 AM ET
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Laurie! I agree the author made it pretty easy to predict what was coming, especially toward the end, but I thought it was intentional foreshadowing.  I agree, too, that Margaret was not overly religious or pious, yet she is singled out for an encounter with God.  The great irony throughout the book is that Gregory, with all his pious religiosity, self deprivation, and seeking is unable to achieve "seeing God", which is his heart's desire.  I did have problems with aspects of the book, one being why Margaret used her gift some times and not other.  I just started the second book in the series and like it very much so far, although Gregory and his father and brother are all "over the top" for sure.



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Date Posted: 6/24/2013 1:01 PM ET
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I just finished the second one (In Pursuit of the Green Lion) and while I enjoyed it, I can certainly see that this trilogy is not for everyone. If one has even a moment's hesitation about continuing the series after reading the first one, as Lauri noted, that's really answer enough. 

I liked Margaret & Gregory (& the rest of the characters) in all their fictionalized larger than life personalities in Vision of Light ... liked them and the storyline enough to continue. And, now that I'm through the 2nd one, I'll read the 3rd one ... but not immediately. Green Lion gets a little silly ... and if one can't look past that, then the book will be an absolute DNF. Just shows how different individual tastes are ... a wall-banger for one could be a funny, farcical, romp to another. (Interesting note on that point: in a different frame of mind or a different mood, Green Lion could have easily been a DNF for me!)

Green Lion puts me in mind of The Adventures of Alinore Audley ... only with ghosts, necromancy & super-natural thrown in. And, I think that's exactly what Judith Merkle Riley intended. 

These books won't make my top 10 list, but neither were they a waste of time.

Kelly P

 

Date Posted: 7/9/2013 1:12 PM ET
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I finally finished over the weekend.  Overall I liked the book, but it took me awhile to finish it, which tells me that I wasn't completely ga-ga over it.  LOL!  I thought the end seemed a bit rushed.  Wham, bam, Margaret and Gregory are getting married!  I also found that Gregory seemed to change - he went from being a very pious, controlled person to a bewildered, simpering thing.  I do like him, though, and I am interested to see how he reconciles his old self with the new.  His father is a nasty man, but what a hoot!  I have the second book in the series, and I will most likely read it someday soon.

Date Posted: 7/9/2013 1:33 PM ET
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All good points, Shelley, and sums up how I felt at the end as well.  I started the second book in the series but gave it up for now - too many other "pretties" on my shelf calling me, but I hope to get back to Margaret and Gregory some time in the future.