"I have read all the books in this series and this one was not up to par. It was at least 100 pages to many. The basic outline was good but it was way to wordy and rambling. The plot seemed to be dragged out to make it longer and the music references were over the top."
"I wasn't sure about this book when I started to read it and now I can't wait for the next one to come out. It might have started a little slow but it ended well and thats better than the other way around."
"The first book in this series showed promise with an unusual story line. The second book did NOT live up to my exceptions. This is a new wrier and it shows, a lot,. What I am sure was meant to be fast paced is merely disjointed. I only read 50 pages or so before I quit reading. Life is to short to read bad books."
"You can tell the author has a degree in English because this book is so well written. It does not read like it was written for 12yr olds and has to follow a plot script like a lot of the new authors do. The descriptive words actually describe something besides bedroom antics. I can't wait for the next one."
"I just skimmed over most of the story's in this book and didn't like them. The authors on the cover have written stories but its mostly the "and many more" which is in small print on the cover and they are not worth the time to read them."
"The premise of this book is great, sorry to say the writing is awful. At least you can read the first 50 pages and them skip to the last 10 and know the whole story and not miss a thing..better yet..you can just not bother to read it at all."
"I tried to read this book twice, after the second time I gave up. It is trite and not very well written The plot is not well developed and it has to depend on sex as a filler. When that happens it is time to give it up."
"By the Sword makes more sense if you read the previous book first, [which I did] but you can also read it as a stand alone novel. He leaves you knowing in the end that there is more and you need to read the next book to find out exactly what. I am not sure I am that curious"
"I am a big fan of Morgan Howell and was looking forward to reading this book. It's to bad I couldn't finish it. I tried to read it twice and then I gave up so I didn't get past page 20. There are just to many good books to read to waste my time."
"I read this first before I gave it to my 13 year old. I was really disappointed because it is for young teens but having the 17 year old protagonist lose her virginity is so not what I want to encourage teens to do. It did not add to the story at all, it just legitimized bad behavior."
"The Elantra series just keeps getting better. The character development is excellent as is the world building. It makes me wish she would write faster. You do not need to read the 1st books to enjoy this one but it helps geve you a solid background on what happened before."