Reviews by Cailin

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Shadow’s Edge – Cailin’s Review
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Natural Law – Cailin’s Review
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Danegeld – Cailin’s Review

Shadow’s Edge – Cailin’s Review

Shadow's Edge
Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fantasy novel, second in the series. The first book was terrific, this book just continues in that vein.

The characters are well developed, the settings are vivid, the dialogue is engaging, and the story line is riveting. I’ve read it to enjoy it. Now I need to go back and read it to figure out how Brent Weeks did all that. But first, book number 3.

Things I Liked Best:
The exploration of love vs. sex.
Overcoming evil is not limited to defeating the villains but also includes overcoming the evil within a person and the evil one has done.
The hole as a crucible for Logan.

This book has lots of brutality in it: cannibalism, heads and other body parts cut off, rape. The main character is an assassin, but you’ll actually love him. From other reviews I’ve read, you’ll either love the female characters or hate them. I take them as they come, not as I’d prefer them to be. I think Momma K and Vi are both fascinating characters. The one thing I did find hard to swallow was Elene’s pacifism. I felt that Count Drake made a better representation of that viewpoint. I guess I needed to see the moment when she decided that violence was always wrong. Otherwise I’m led to believe she’s a pretty dim bulb.

The best thing about this series…you don’t have to wait for book 3. It’s already been published.

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Natural Law – Cailin’s Review

Natural Law
Natural Law by Joey W. Hill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely loved this book. I found myself rereading scenes even before I finished it. I loved the way the author got into the heads of Violet and Mackenzie. A nurturing, alpha male sub…what could be better? Except for the same thing but a dom. The scene where Violet breaks Mac was just exquisite, but only because ultimately this is what Mac wanted. I don’t think that’s a spoiler, because all through the book you know it’s moving toward that, and when you get there, it is so worth the wait. The solution to the murder mystery surprised me. I hope all the Nature of Desire series is this good.

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Danegeld – Cailin’s Review

Danegeld
Danegeld by Susan Squires
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoy Viking historical romances and plain old Viking historical books because I like the untamed brutality of that period of history. Danegeld perches on the edge of not being a romance because it’s not paced like your typical romance. It’s much more realistic. This isn’t a book where the heroine or hero can’t seem to make up their mind without any real reason to keep them from declaring their love. This pair goes through a hell over and over again. The book is not for the faint of heart. It includes two rapes and lots of brutal fighting. It’s definitely a book a guy could like if they like fiction. The commitment between the hero and heroine is much more satisfying because it hasn’t been reached easily and requires both to change to achieve it. In other words, it’s not built on sex. Although you do get sex in this book.

I also liked the playoff between witchcraft and Christianity in the mind of the heroine. The supernatural is portrayed as real in this book, and it is never positively stated from whence Britta gets her abilities except that using them for evil exacts a terrible price. The changes that Britta and Karn go through are a reflection of the changes being wrought in the society they live in.

I’d definitely reread this book.

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