Great start to a trilogy. Action, humor, magic, and thankfully, a little romance without excessive sex scenes. I highly recommend this for fantasy fans. I'm looking forward to reading the remaining 2 books as soon as I can get my hands on them!
I thought this book might be a little different from the usual urban fantasy - hard-as-nails heroine wearing kick-ass leather something, with kick-ass weapon of some sort, and constantly lusting after some man. I was wrong. What I found particularly annoying was that Charlie wouldn't let anyone help her, yet she took on guilt for not being able to save everything and everybody. That happens in a lot of UF, but it was particularly irritating to me in this one.
This was a great little southern gothic horror story. The excellence of this book comes from the way the skill of the author depicts horror without delving into a lot of blood and gore. There is a little, yes, but the majority of the chills come from the reader's own imagination. I'm looking forward to reading all the Blackwater books. I simply have to find out what happens!
Loved this book, especially the excellent character development. No cookie-cutter characters here. Everyone has good qualities and bad, but they are all quite interesting. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next in the series.
When I read the synopsis of this book, I was really looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it all that much. It wasn't the plot that disappointed me - a vampire under sworn oath to the President, helping to defend the country against bad stuff sounded like an enjoyable and different spin on vampire novels. However, the way the book was written came across as little more than a glorified screenplay (not surprising, since Christopher Farnsworth is a scriptwriter). This made the writing choppy and simplistic, and greatly detracted from my overall enjoyment of the book.
I have not read a book like this. I'm glad, too. I'm always up for something new and this was definitely something new. A little steampunk, a little science fiction, a little horror, a little fantasy, a little thriller, a little mystery - even a tiny bit of romance... all blended together with a nice little twist at the end. I loved it!
What a wonderful, funny, sweet book! It's full of Susan Reinhardt's trademark wry humor, with a touch of snark. It also demonstrates Susan's ability to tackle some of life's more serious issues, with compassion and empathy. Like the cover blurb states, you don't have to be from the South to enjoy this book!
I thought I would love this book, but I was mistaken. It started out great, but about 1/4 of the way in, it devolved into thinking about sex, wanting sex, and then having sex. Lots of it, both wolves and humans. The interaction between the wolves and the humans took a back seat. I got about halfway through, then thought "why am I wasting my time on something I'm not enjoying?" I abandoned it. There are too many other wonderful books out there to read.
Good, enjoyable science fiction without a bunch of technical description of ships, weapons, etc., and very little romance. I have nothing against romance, I just get tired of it overwhelming a good plot. I really liked the description of the alien races in this book.
Pretty darn good effort for a first novel. However, I didn't finish it. I liked most everything about the book except for the main character, who was annoying, thickheaded, and just plain made stupid decisions on a continual basis, after which, his friends (much more interesting) had to risk their lives to rescue him. I managed to finish around 2/3 of the book, then just got too annoyed, and I put it down.
(This review is for the whole trilogy). One of the best trilogies I've read. Memorable, well-developed characters and a fine plot. I'm hoping the author might return to this world and write some more with Ilario as the main character. He was my favorite!
There were a lot of characters introduced in this book and it got a little dizzying when it went back and forth between them all. I figured there was a reason for all of this, so I stuck with the story. I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the book, even though the author can use some "seasoning". Looking forward to the next in the series.