“Series Note: This in book #1 in the 2nd Dark Crescent Sisterhood trilogy. The first trilogy should be read for the backstory.
Disappointing. The opening scenes have potential but it all fizzles out as the story develops and the book ultimately pales in comparison to the first trilogy.
Most significantly, Bela Argos, the take no prisoners Sibyl from the earlier books, is now a mere shadow of her former self. She is no longer a confident warrior and leader but someone who constantly questions her decisions and abilities. The hero's characterization is also contradictory. On the one hand, Duncan is described as a determined fighter with an amazing strength of will who succeeds against all odds yet he accepts his fate as inevitable and his willing to sacrifice himself without fight.
Duncan and Bela's romance and its resolution are problematic as well. Their relationship comes out of nowhere with no foundation or build up. They are simply together with no explanation of exactly what they see in each other. Similarly, the solution to Duncan's demon possession appears out of the blue and feels tacked on.
In terms of the villains, Raksasha from Hindu mythology, it is impossible not to compare them to the same creatures in Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews. Unfortunately, Windsor's portrayal comes off as a diluted version of the monstrous creatures in Andrews' book. A number of scenes in the beginning are presented from their perspective, which initially serves to ratchet up the tension. However, these disappear toward the middle and the villains are nowhere to be seen until the final anti-climactic showdown.
The secondary characters make a better impression, especially Andy, now a water Sibyl, and John Blackmore, whose adversarial relationship is definitely leading somewhere. The next book is that of Camille, the fire Sibyl, and Duncan's childhood friend, John Cole. Hopefully, it will be better than this one. ”
I loved this book! And I loved Bela, as I new I would from the minute I first met her in this series. I already knew she was a tough badass but through her story I got to know her better and found her to also be kind, caring, loyal, willful and so strong; most definitely a mortar. Part of the greatness and I guess realism of this story is Bela and her quad's hardships and the suffering they've gone through over losing loved ones. It's through overcoming these hardships that they become stronger. The quote at the beginning of the book is very apt for what they all go through:
"Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves."
I liked how Bela, Dio and Camille were so different, both in their personalities and their abilities, from Riana, Cynda and Merilee. And then Andy is just one in a million LOL. But them being so different from Riana's triad was refreshing and also didn't make this book just the start of a similar trilogy as the first three books, which I was worried about.
Duncan I liked alot too and what he goes through is very interesting and different from the other males in the series so far.
There was alot of humor in this book too, which I loved. Bela's inner ramblings and sarcasm was funny as well as just about everything Andy says, especially when she's fighting with the new OCU captain, Jack Blackmore.
This book also hints at relationships to come like Andy and Jack Blackmore and I think Camille's book is next and I think John Cole just might be the one for her, even though it looks like he's trapped in a rakshasha's body. Sigh, it looks like there' will be no smooth sailing for these Sybils.”
“Duncan from Statesboro, Georgia!?? EXCELLENT main character -- what a MAN(!) and Bela (his love!) was too. Love this series (too!)... Read it!”Owl Read You... wrote this review Monday, May 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book 4 even though I've already finished 5 and 6. Predictable. I wish Windsor would move away from her cop/retired soldier hero kick. I'm not terrible enthusiastic about reading any more in these series if she publishes more.”Linsey wrote this review Thursday, March 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As a big fan of books 1-3 I was was very excited about this book. Now, maybe it was the fact that I had another book I was more excited about reading or the fact that I've just read some fantastic books that may have helped me to struggle through this story. I found this book to be an extremely slow read. It was slow, a little exciting at times and then there was sex. It worked but not as well as some of her other writings. The end was the best part of the book until she started pulling new characters and species out of the bag. If you cannot figure out a way to successfully change a lead character and you cannot kill him off... well, just make up some stuff to have it all wrap together in a shiny red bow. Hmm?”josieD wrote this review Friday, January 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No