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Too Bad Some Folks Missed The Point
Posted by AK Rakoon on 3/6/2007
I'm sorry that the previous reviewers seem to have missed the point(s). I felt like this story was trying to explain a lot of things. Okay, so Rayven's character was not explained in the first two pages, but we discover as we go along why his personality is hidden.
Ash, as we know is a complex peronality. Each character sees a different side of him; they may all agree on some points, but each has their own experience of how Acheron will or has responded to a given situation. More of his true nature is revealed in each book. I mean, why would he put up with the "heifer goddess" if he didn't absolutely have to? And his dealings with Nick... Remember it has been said that the fates of those most closely tied to him are hidden from his vision. Nick was his best friend, so his fate would especially be hidden from Ash. I felt that it was Nick's inability to be blinded to some of Acheron's powers that gave their relationship a special meaning. Would you really want to be able to control the fate/feelings of someone? How would you know if what they are feeling about you is not just because you manipulated it, but what they really feel?
And as for Susan... I liked her character. Who cares if her marial arts training came into play later in the book? After all, she was trained by the Dragon, a Dark Hunter as well. People react in different ways. Some have to be guided to a feeling or reaction, but some just attack the situation verbally if not physically (Susan did both after she got used to her new perception of reality).
Give the story a chance. Ms. Kenyon writes about men who had to lose something in the past, in order to gain something even more valuable in the present. Her female characters have to be strong to defeat the Dark Hunters' pasts.
Posted by huskymom on 6/5/2006
After reading some reviews prior to receiving this book in the mail, I wasn't sure what to expect as the reviews for the most part seem to either love the story or were completely turned off. Good thing reviews don't determine whether or not I buy a book, especially from one of my favorite authors.
Raven and Susan both came through the school of hard knocks and are still working their way to something that resembles a normal life or as normal a life as you can having the knowledge that they do and leading the life they have to lead.
I started this book and didn't stop reading until I had completed every page, I only wish the story had been longer as I wasn't ready to stop but then again I feel this way about all of AG's books.
I loved this story and the characters, well with the exception of Nick, who at this point is starting to sound like a whiney brat that needs a good swat on his bum. Had he given more thought to his actions a couple of books ago, he wouldn't be in the situation he is now. Sorry folks but he has no one but himself to blame.
Worth the money and worth the read