By Anne Rice
2 ♥ 5
Thus begins Anne Rice’s lyrical, haunting new novel, a metaphysical thriller of angels and assassins that once again summons up dark and dangerous worlds set in times past.
I felt sad that he had lived so long with a locked heart and a ruptured conscience, sharpening the bitterness of his life on every cherished memory of pain that he carried in him day in and day out.
It wasn’t a disappointment reading this, but was close to it. First Anne Rice and I was expecting so much more! It was nowhere close to the author’s high reputation of horror queen.
That saying , two mistakes I made:
- Not reading in one sitting
- Starting with the second book in the series
Not knowing that this was a series , I started with this one. For a horror genre it wasn’t scary or chilling.It had a religious spin to it (not an issue) but was all to preachy for my taste.
The story sounds interesting on paper and engaging but as I read it, I was only mildly curious to go ahead. Moreover, I wanted to motor on to get it over with, to complete my reading goals . (that’s not a sign of an awesome book btw).
The reference to the previous novel ‘Angel Time’ had me clueless, that’s the biggest disadvantage of this series. I have read books in other series, where you could consume it as a standalone read, so this was disappointing. And the Angel Time thing sounds silly.
The book was okay, not an evidence of Anne Rice’s claimed brilliant writing. It ended on a cheesy note, the lack of character development was staggering. The character being a former assassin is struggling, but as a reader, I felt it was on a surface level and was not delved into. It could have such a darker spin, but instead the author chose to keep adding plots and event instead of dealing with it. Maybe it’s in the next book in the series. As of today, I don’t wish to read further in the series.
In short the blurb sounds interesting than the book really is. The Goodreads reviews don’t really help either , many people claimed this book was under-edited.
Maybe if I’d read the first one my experience with this would have been better. I seriously doubt that though.
2016 Books Read: 2/100
—Take care, happy reading!—
“Books fall open, you fall in. When you climb out again, you’re a bit larger than you used to be.” – Gregory Maguire