Review: Scourged by Kevin Hearne

Title: Scourged (Iron Druid Chronicles #9)

Author: Kevin Hearne

Published: Del Rey, April 2018

Status : Read April 25th 2018

My Thoughts:

I began reading Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles in 2011, devouring Hounded, Hexed, and Hammered almost consecutively, and Tricked and Trapped on their release. Despite purchasing the last four book in the series as they came out, I just didn’t find the time to read them. I finally rectified this last year by reading the entire series consecutively from the first, to the last book, Scourged, in less than a week.

The grand finale, Scourged, sees Atticus battling the Norse Gods of Asgard, trying to prevent Ragnarok, aka the Apocalypse, which he had unwittingly instigated in a careless moment.

There is plenty of excitement, adventure and humour to be found in Scourged, as immortal is pitted against immortal in the bid to destroy, or save, Gaia. The various battles are epic in scale, though sometimes awkwardly brief, and on occasion, seemingly superfluous.

A variety of supernaturals, including the reoccurring characters of Coyote, The Morrigan, and Jesus, have their roles to play. Granuaile is her kick-a@@ self, Owen is hilarious, and though Oberon is largely absent given the circumstances, he is never forgotten.

I admit to being somewhat disappointed by the direction Hearne took in this last book, Atticus’s final moments of the series were not the triumph I was anticipating, but instead, rather maudlin. Nevertheless, I was sad to leave Atticus and his world behind. I still rate Iron Druid Chronicles among my favourite urban fantasy series, and one I recommend.

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Review: A Darker Music by Maris Morton

 

Title: A Darker Music

Author: Maris Morton

Publisher: Scribe Publications

Sypnosis: When Mary Lanyon takes on the job of temporary housekeeper at Downe, a famous Merino stud, she is looking forward to staying in a gracious homestead with the wealthy Hazlitt family. The owner’s wife, Clio, has been ill, and Mary’s task is to get the house back into shape in the lead-up to the wedding of the only son and heir, Martin.  When she arrives, however, Mary realises things are not right. Clio Hazlitt rarely ventures from her room. The house is shabby, redolent of dust and secrets. As a friendship develops between the women, Mary discovers answers to the questions that have puzzled her: What is the nature of Clio’s illness? What has caused the grim estrangement between Clio and her husband? And why did Clio give up playing music, when she says it meant so much to her?

Status: Read from November 04 to 05, 2010 — I own a copy
My Thoughts:

Mary accepts a position as the temporary housekeeper at Downe, a merino stud, set in the Western Australia bush. Instead of the gracious homestead she is expecting, Downe is a home of secrets and shadows.
A Darker Music is a haunting and lyrical novel of quiet tragedy. The writing is elegant and evocative, the pace simmers with quiet anxiety and dread. Morton incorporates the lifestyle and minutae of the farm operations and creates a sense of place with lush descriptions of the station and its surroundings. Yet they are simply a backdrop to the finely crafted characters. The physical isolation of the merino stud mirrors the emotional isolation of the homesteads inhabitants.
A Darker Music is really Clio’s story. At first Clio is barely tolerable, until Morton skilfully reveals Clio’s past and present as she takes Mary into her confidence. Once a promising musician, Clio has endured unbearable loss, and we slowly learn the truth of her heartbreaking circumstances.
Father and son, Paul and Martin, are brooding and silent men. It is through Clio’s story that we learn their true character. Their brooding presence, and absence, is cleverly exploited by Morton.
The lesser characters provide interesting context and contrast to the main characters.
A Darker Music is an incredible debut novel, quiet and dark, there is no happy ending. The stunning climax will haunt me for sometime yet.
Just an interesting aside, A Darker Music was the winner of the inaugural Scribe Fiction Prize. Maris Morton is 72 and this is her first novel.
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*I won a copy of this novel from the publisher through the Goodreads FirstReads program

Review: Sins of the Flesh by Eve Silver

Title: Sins of the Flesh {Otherkin #3}

Author: Eve Silver

Publisher: Harlequin

Sypnosis: Torn between lust and loyalty…
The blood of the Underworld lord of evil runs through soul reaper Malthus Krayl’s veins.
Raised to fight for survival and to kill for victory, he can destroy anyone who poses a threat. As he searches for the one responsible for his brother’s murder, he refuses to succumb to any distraction…until his sworn enemy crosses his path and tempts him beyond all reason.
Calliope Kane, a Daughter of Aset, has a personal hatred for soul reapers. Their savage attack against her family still haunts her. But only Malthus can help her find the traitors of her kind, and only she can help him hunt the source of betrayal amongst the reapers. As they unite, the danger grows closer…and the passion between them ignites.

Status: Read from October 29 to 30, 2010

My Thoughts:

Eve Silver has gained a new fan, I really enjoyed Sins of the Flesh and just wish I had read the two previous Otherkin novels (Sins of the Heart and Sins of the Soul) I own the first in the series, but didn’t have the opportunity to read it , and now I plan on buying the second. Despite not having read the previous installments, Sins of the Flesh works as a stand alone. I wasn’t thrown by the series storyline arc as Silver deftly weaved the background into her story.
The mythology of the story is intriguing, and the world building detailed and convincing. Characters from the previous books are periphially involved and Silver skillfully revealed the bones of their stories within the context of this one.
While identified as a paranormal romance, this book has enough action and plot to blur the boundaries into the urban fantasy genre, the romance elements are integral but don’t overshadow the storyline.
I liked the push pull nature of Calliope and Mal’s attraction, the banter adds humor and sexual tension. The steamy sex scenes were particularly well written.
Calliope is a strong character, and I really liked her attitude. Mal is definately alpha but with enough complexity that make him very appealing.
I’m relieved to find that this series has surpassed it’s original trilogy plan and a fourth book will be published in 2011. I’ll be looking forward to it.

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