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Etched in Bone (Maker's Song Series #4)

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

    Love this series - can't wait to start the next one. I live in N

    Love this series - can't wait to start the next one. I live in New Orleans and I felt like Ms. Phoenix got the flavor of my city right on. Dante's tragic young life sets the stage for increasing volatility as each of the books in the series progresses.
    I can only home that good endings ultimately come from this series as I hope the characters continue to appear in Ms. Phoenix's books.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

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    I strongly recommend you read the previous books in the series (Rush of Wings, In the Blood and Beneath the Skin) prior to reading this installment. I am not a huge fan of books that have a lot of internal dialog and that start at in "present" and then once it hooks you, instantly reverses and starts the next scenes in the past; I have been known to chuck a series simply because of those issues. Fortunately this author usually does a very successful job of having internal dialog scenes and chilling & twisted flashbacks that are so intense, it completely takes your breath away. Unfortunately for this installment there was just TOO MANY flashbacks and internal dialog; despite the fact that most of the flashbacks were mostly interesting. This book started off with a bang! It was suspenseful and exciting and I didn't want it to end. However, it did end, simply in the next scene the story rewinds to the past and works its way back to the "present". That format is usually ok but most of the scenes thereafter take place in the distant past and pretty much 75% of this book were secondary characters scenes. The author didn't return to the exciting scenes from the first part, until practically the end of the book. The ratio scenes between Dante and Heather were unbalanced and few and far between, when compared to how many scenes the supporting characters received. In addition, there were so many supporting characters and each of them contributed an important part to the story; however, with so many names and sub-stories, it was a bit confusing keeping track of everyone. How unfortunate that installment took more patience to get through than previous books in the series. This definitely isn't the best book in the series; especially since the author included and spent time on so many secondary characters and subplots. This installment had a watered down feel to it. Nonetheless, this installment was still spellbinding. When the author finally did catch-up with Heather and Dante again, the scenes were so unbelievably electrifying, I was completely riveted to the story. The ending alone was so explosive, I am salivating for the next installment. Can't believe we have to wait till 2012 for it. I highly recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and look forward to the next book On Midnight Wings due out in 2012. Hopefully in the next installment, this author would've cut back on most of the supporting characters, and just focus on Heather, Dante and the rest of the Club Hell gang.

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