Some readers have found the tone and atmosphere of the book to be dark and the descriptions to be excessively graphic and disturbing. What did you think of the tone and descriptions?
To be honest I did not find it that dark or graphic...as her romantic suspense are sometimes like that too (ie: Divine Evil).
Maybe I'm getting jaded but I don't recall it being too dark or graphic. I like stories based in part on mythology or lore so the tone worked well with the premise of the story.
Divine Evil is the only Roberts that I literally walked away from, just couldn't read it. But, Dance of the Gods, this time around is not quite as upsetting as it was the first time I read it. I don't think it was dark, but she got pretty graphic with Lila and Lilith and the humans that they devoured!
I love Nora Roberts romantic suspense and Divine Evil was one that got me started on her.
It is darker than most of her books but it didn't bother me because I enjoy the dark, gritty, scary and gory type of books.
Blair comes from a long line of demon hunters. What did you think of her family history and the way her father treats her?
I thought her family history was pretty cool but her father was so unlikeable. He seemed very narrow-minded and focused on the wrongs things when it came to his children.
I thought Blair's family history was a nice touch. I really enjoyed this.
It's been awhile but my recollection was that her father didn't treat her like she was his child, just someone to carry on the legacy without thought or consideration.
Yep, that is exactly what he did.
Jonetta, it's really more than just carrying on the legacy. She wasn't his son!! He must have just hated her because her plumbing was different. I think she had everything else.
I think while her father may have not liked her being the one to carry on the legacy because she is a girl he did not treat her much different than he did his son. His children were to carry on his work and he would be in their life until they had they were able to take over.
I just re-read my response and would like to clarify that while I really enjoyed that Blair came from a long line of demon hunters I wasn't overly fond of her father. :)
As a demon hunter, Blair is devoted to her cause and doesn't feel that there is room for love in her life. Larkin is determined to break through her shell. What did you think of their romance?
I thought it was cute but I was not overly into it.
I loved Larkin! I actually really enjoyed their romance.
Larkin and Blair were my favorites. I really liked him and he was a good contrast to her intensity.
haha, I am in the minority.
I was in the minority last year when we talked about our favorites in this series. I'm just a big Larkin fan (really partial to dragons:))
That's cool to know about you. Dragons are pretty awesome.
Fell in love with Dragon Bound.
I am hoping to get to that book this year!
Who is Dragon Bound by? I love books about dragons.
I can't remember the author's name right now but you might want to look it up on the search engine.
Someone please tell me, is the author Thea Harrison? And is it book 1 of the elder races??
@Kris - you are not in the minority. Blair and Larkin's romance was only so-so for me and they are my least favorite in the series.
@winterslights - yes, the author is Thea Harrison and it is book#1 in the Elder Races. It is one of the best books I've read in a long time - I didn't want it to end.
Oh, good, I put it on my wish list, maybe later this year I can get it. Got to be careful with money, that's why so many re-reads.
The alternate world of Geall is a mix of medieval reality and magical fantasy. What did you think of the world building?
It's been a while since I read it and it was one of my first PR reads but at the time I really enjoyed it.
This is when I really started to enjoy this trilogy. The time travel element was a little troublesome but otherwise I found it interesting. Some of the lore I'd read in other stories and it fit well with some of what I already knew.
Larkin is a shapeshifter. What did you think of the forms he shifts into?
They were a wee bit non-traditional. I got used to it but was a bit thrown off at first (especially by the horse/man thing). :)
I LOVED the dragon, which was an extremely useful form for the circle of six.
What did you think of the battles with the vampires? Are Lilith and her minions sufficiently threatening?
Lilith and her minions scared the daylights right out of me. I thought she was a worthy bad guy or gal as was the case here.
Same here, Erin. She was pretty formidable and I was frightened for them.
She was ultimate evil!! Just think, she took a 6-year-old and turned him into something that was just plain evil!
Lilith made my skin crawl *shudder* - her relationship with Davey was just wrong, wrong, wrong!
There are also developments in the relationship between Maura and Cian. Did these contribute to your enjoyment of the book?
Yes, I like both characters so am looking forward to know more about them.
Me too! I enjoyed every little glimpse of them I got.
I liked Maura was sweet and a good partner for the urbane Cian. Like the two other couples, I think they were paired well.
Their scenes were my favorite part of the book.
What did you think of Jeremy's fate? Did he get his just deserts?
You bet! I felt bad that I didn't feel bad about his fate:) NOT!
Haha, I agree.
Jeremy was a jerk for walking away from Blair after she showed him what she was!
Will you be finishing the series?
yes, one more book to go.
I did! The first book was a slow start but this one is where it got exciting for me.
For some reason I had the opposite feeling about it - where book 1 grabbed me and book 2 was slow. :(
I had a tough time with the first book. It took me forever to get through the first 60 pages.
Yes, took a little more time than it usually does for me for Nora Roberts. I usually just gallop thru her books, but not Valley of Silence, needed to read that in the daylight and no where near bedtime.
Valley of Silence is my favorite in the series. I have read it a few times already.
Who is your favorite character? Why?
Cian for me as well. Although, I loved Larkin and Maura as well.
I'm still a big Larkin fan:) But, I like Cian and Maura's romance.
I am definitely in Jonetta's camp, but Cian runs a close 2nd. The women were very impressive, and so was Hoyt, but Larkin has to be in first place.
Definitely Cian - can't beat the dark, brooding and tortured *sigh*
Do you have a favorite scene?
I don't remember this exactly since it's been some time since I read it but I loved when Larkin shifted into a dragon and Blair learned to ride. For some reason or another I visualized this pretty vividly.
My favorite is when Cian and Moira have a fight and he ends up kissing her.