She’s fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?
Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he’s gone forever.
But there’s a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry’s healing powers are needed now more than ever.Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision.
Two days ago I opened “Taste of Darkness” for my review today.
And promptly kicked my own ass.
First of all, it’s book three in a series, so there were several times where it felt as if I was with a new group of friends who was sharing inside jokes. You know, because basically I was. Most of the time everything made sense, but on several occasions I was left going “damn I wish I’d read the other books first.”
Second, it’s thick. Super thick. 464 pages thick.
Third, it required me to concentrate more than my cold would’ve liked me to.
But did any of those things stop me?
But instead of shouting “Like a Boss” and linking some absurd meme about how great I am, I credit Maria V. Snyder and the book.
Let me explain.
What I liked:
I really enjoyed this world, what with it’s strange and unique system of magic and sentient plants and … well if you’ve read the series, you already know how rich and amazing a world Ms. Snyder created. If you haven’t … well I’m just going to sound crazy. Especially when I mention that I didn’t particularly like the main character. Or Flea, for that matter. Oh, they were well written. All the characters were well written. So well written that I wanted to slap Avry and Flea for being annoying little shits half the time.
It takes skill to write a main character I don’t really care for and yet still want to read more about.
Though, who knows, perhaps I’d like them more if I knew how they got to this point.
I’ll resist applying baby powder to my hands until I read the first two books.
What I didn’t love:
The things that bothered me were directly related to not having read the other books. So I can’t really point to anything and say “that there was an issue” since I don’t have a frame of reference.
Except for the fact that modern slang seemed to slip into the book.
Which could’ve been explained in the world building that would’ve been in the first book.
Never mind, ignore me.
Who I’d recommend it to:
Fans of fantast who’ve read the rest of the series. And yes, I’m making my abashed face here. Though I will tell you that I am going to pick up the rest of the series, and actually read the other books by Ms. Snyder that are in my to-read pile.
tl:dr version. I enjoyed Taste of Darkness. It was well written and engaging. I just think I might have enjoyed it more if I didn’t pick it up at the end of the series …
Like a noob.
I received a free copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.