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I will start by saying I like dark, gritty, bloody, complex, sex, intrigue, magic, and adventure type books (Steven Erikson, Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, Jaqueline Carey, Joe Abercrombie). While this book is much more mild than most of my favorites, it still had everything. A wonderful romance that didn't overpower the story. It was realistic, with characters that weren't all good or all evil. Original unique cultures and landscapes, and all those little details that make the story come alive.
I think this book was even better than the first one. I found it hard to relate to the main character ( I like my female leads to be a bit more...evil lol ) but even as a soft hearted healer she had strength and determination, but in a realistic way, with moments of weakness and despair too.
-well written, maybe not amazing, but more than satisfactory.
-Original ( I kinda covered the pros above)
- my biggest one: I actually didn't know what was going to happen!!!! That is RARE in a ton of books these days! Definitely a page turner!
My cons: ( and these really aren't even cons)
- It could have been longer, I would have liked more little hum drum daily life bits in between the important parts. Having said that, it ever felt rushed so that's probably a personal preference
-the sex scenes could have been a bit more detailed
-my biggest con: No Map!!! For such a interesting landscape with so much travel there should be a map! Couldn't find one anywhere (checked Google and the kindle version)
- no third book! That's not a con.....I just don't want to wait!
Here are a few books this series made me think of. If you have read any of these then you have an idea where this book stands. If you have not read these, well now you know what to try next!
•Kushiel's Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey
The first book, Kushiel's Dart is one of my all time favorites!
•The Fading Lands series by C.L. Wilson
This series is probably the closest with plenty of romance, war, and a strong but compassionate healer for the main character.
•The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
•Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean M. Abel
Hope this helps, enjoy!
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I enjoyed this story more than the first! I was elated when I finally find out who the hollow really was at the end. Great story! Can't wait for the next one!