What a great book! I've read the other reviews, and I know there are lots of opinions over the ending, the 5-pack series, that there was 'no plot', and 'no romance'.
Firstly, this is not a romance series, in the vein that other KMM novels have been. It is also a 5-part series, not a stand alone book, as other KMM novels have been. So, if you can put all that aside, and read the series for what it *is* instead of what it *isn't*, then you may fall in it as I have.
I finished the book a few days ago and I've been stewing about it since. For those who complained about the lack of plot, the plot is more subtle here .. but what does occur is still very important in pushing the plot forward to it's eventual conclusion. KMM has remarked that there is a lot of foreshadowing in this book. If you look at what did occur with this statement in mind, you may see the bigger picture of where she is going.
Some questions were answered (who is the Lord Master, what is in the book), some hints were given (V'lane's actions/reactions toward Barrons; V'lane's stories and side comments to Mac), and others were clearly made larger (what the heck/who the heck is Barrons; if you need the book, how/who will get it!)
In the end, what occurs (and I'm not talking about the mentioned 'gang rape' scene, but instead the events encompassing it) is integral to the series. Obviously this needed to occur in order for the series to move forward to it's final 2 books (and how painfully hard will it be to wait for those final 2 books!)
Book 3 has given me more food for thought than the 2 intro books - the first books (which I loved) introduced Mac to this world. Book 3 really takes it, develops it, and gives us hints as to where everything is headed. I thought it was fanstastic, and I agree with the reviewer that said it is the best of the series so far.
I started the first book (Darkfever) on a thursday and by sunday - I had read the first 3 books in the series. The story blends action, back story and celtic myths and history in a well paced and planned story. The action was nonstop and once the book was over, I needed to start the next and the next to know what happens. Mac is a great character that grows throughout the series - Her male protagonists are great (I want to know more about the mysterious Jericho Barrons and the fae prince, V'Lane). I have to get my hands on the next one ASAP. I highly recommend this series, you won't be able to put it down.
This is not a romance series like her other books, and I can honestly say that I, as an avid reader of all things romance, loved these books more than any of her others, or anyone else's. They are great. This book was touted as the "dark" book of the series, a turning point in the story arc, so lots of people didn't like it but I think it's great and am anxiously awaiting the next installment - which Ms. Moning announced today that she hopes to have it out in August of next year! Whoo Hoo. www.karenmoning.com
I can't say I LIKE this series; however, I am compelled. The story is so horrible that I MUST keep reading to see what will happen. She is promised joy, but how long (how many books must I read) will it take to find out. This series is more like a Tootsie Pop to me - I'd like to bite right to the end. Drawing it out is not enjoyable.
I thought the book was great given the context. I was deeply disturbed by the ending and a little freaked out, but I understand the whys of it. The climactic point at the end where all "he**" breaks loose kind of reminded me of the Ghostbusters movie when the "portal" opens up and all the beastie monsters are running amok around NYC :)