Longeye (Duainfey #2)

 538eb7ffcb700d83de96f37e0410702dThis review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.  wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge’s Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge’s Exalted Permission.

 

 

Title: Longeye
Series: Duainfey
Author: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Rating: 3  of 5 Battle Axes
Genre: SFF
Pages: 416
Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

Things are going wrong, both in the human world and in the fey world. The magical barrier, the keleigh, is having unintended side effects and it will take all the power of all the fey to set things right.

 

My Thoughts:

No matter how good this book was, or could have been, it is tainted by the previous book, Duainfey. Even though there is no explicit sex, rape or group rape, I kept waiting for it to happen, as it was in the previous book for no good reason. That pretty much destroyed my enjoyment of this book.

One thing I figured out was that I also disliked these books so much because the 2 main characters, Meripen the fey and Rebecca the human, are both controlled by and act on, Fear. It defines who they are, what they think, how they react, how they plan [or don’t] for future events. It was very, very unpleasant. It wasn’t right up until the end of the book that they both got over it and became the kind of people I wanted to read about. Sadly, 20% of a second book isn’t nearly enough to redeem the previous 180%.

The ending seemed rather a cop out to me as well. A magical Deus Ex Machina. A completely selfless act by a whole group of people, who for thousands of years and up until this point, have exhibited nothing but selfishness and self-centeredness.

With that all being said, Lee and Miller once again do an excellent job of writing. I like their style of writing and I have to admit, I can’t tell who writes what, or how they divvy it up.  That just makes it even better.

Advertisements

Duainfey (Duainfey #1)

0b31be70d314226d547211f1dc9dc779This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge’s Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge’s Exalted Permission.

Title: Duainfey

Series: Duainfey

Author: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 496

Format: Kindle

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Rebecca Beauvelley is a ruined woman.

In a moment of girlish folly, she allowed a high-flying young man to take her up in his phaeton, not realizing that he was drunk. When he dropped the ribbons, she recovered them, but could not avoid disaster. The young man was killed. Rebecca survived, crippled, and with a reputation in tatters.

Against all expectation, her father has found someone who will marry her. Rebecca’s life seems set, and she resigned to it. Then, Altimere of the Elder Fey enters her life—and everything changes.

 

My Thoughts:

The synopsis is straight from the book page and it describes how this book starts perfectly, hence why I used it.

This is a story of good people and bad people, of good fey and bad fey. Rebecca is one of the good people. Her soon to be husband is one of the bad people. Meripen is one of the good fey, caught and tortured by humans with his lover who sacrificed her life so that he could escape. Altimere is one of the bad fey, a high fey who will do whatever he wants to regain his High status.

Things start out pretty average with poor crippled girl being swept away by enchanting fey who promises to save her from a horrible future. Problem is, the future with the fey is even worse.

And that “even worse” is why I could only give 2 1/2 stars here. I loved the writing, the story, the “overall’ness” of this, but the domination of Rebecca by Altimere was not only magical, it was sexual as well. It was explicit enough that it went beyond the boundary of “part of the story”. Also, Altimere uses Rebecca as a sexual lure for other Fey to steal their powers and she is raped, singly and by group and once again it was graphic enough that it turned my stomach. There are other ways to describe what happens without being sexually explicit.

I have enjoyed Miller and Lee’s Liaden Universe books a lot and so was really looking forward to this. So to have the above dropped on me was unexpected, unwanted and disappointing. There were several times I wasn’t sure if I actually wanted to finish the story.

Thankfully, it wasn’t all rape all the time. It was still a good story. I really enjoyed Meripen’s story, a fey ranger. We come across him as he is awoken from healing sleep and slowly learn of his past while he must deal with the present. The present involves Fey and Human working together, something Meripen can’t really comprehend due to what happened so many years ago.

I will be reading the finale to this duology but it isn’t on my “must read” mental list and I won’t be moving it up the line to read right away. Overall, my feelings are so mixed between the bad and the good that I’m not even sure of this middle of the road rating.