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Posted February 13, 2014
As with the first book, some things were good and some weren't.
As with the first book, some things were good and some weren't.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Thea Harrison has made a name for herself with her ELDER RACES series. It’s a fantastic series, and I have reviewed and recommended many of those books in the past. The problem with having such a successful series is that people expect any subsequent series to be similar. That is absolutely not the case here. The GAME OF SHADOWS series is nothing like ELDER RACES. I cannot stress that enough, they are completely different types of books!
Mary and Michael are aliens from another planet. Long ago, they followed "The Deceiver" from their home planet when he escaped. They have been reincarnating and living as humans ever since. When they die and are reborn, they retain their memories and abilities. The down side is that they lose decades as they must reach maturity, reacquaint themselves with their purpose, and find each other again. Throughout their many lifetimes, they’ve continued their fight with The Deceiver. In RISING DARKNESS, Michael and Mary had finally reconnected and were forced into a near disastrous battle with The Deceiver.
FALLING LIGHT continues right where the RISING DARKNESS left off. Mary and Michael are recovering in the aftermath of their battle with The Deceiver. They are in a mad rush to get to Astra, their guide and mentor. There, they hope to find a brief period of safety where they will have a chance to heal, regroup, and come up with a plan.
Honestly, I’ve struggled through this series. I had read many reviews saying how different this series was from ELDER RACES. I thought I understood that going into it and was prepared. I wasn’t. First of all, the is a big difference in the types of romance. There is very little romance between Michael and Mary. They are soul mates, so they meet and instantly connect. The chemistry between them is supposedly instantaneous, but I never felt it. Hot and sexy this series is not. Their mission of destroying The Deceiver is a long and convoluted tale. Mary lived most of her current life without knowing her true identity, so she is working to figure everything out as she goes. The reader is learning the tale right along with her. It makes for a confusing and frustrating tale when you don’t understand the big picture or the motives behind some of the characters.
On a personal level, I had some issues with Mary and Michael. They were difficult to connect with. I never gained a full understanding of them, and I didn’t particularly like them. In fact, right up until the end I was almost hoping Mary would die in the fight because she irritated me so much. The romance between these two was a complete miss for me from start to finish.
There are some great things about this series. I really enjoyed the fine details. Mary was a healer and I found her process of healing fascinating. I could see the cell walls repairing, the bones mending, and the skin regenerating. I was also a really big fan of Nicholas. I don’t want to give an spoilers so I’ll just say that I loved his storyline. The war between Astra and The Deceiver was also quite interesting once I understood why it was happening. I only wish I had understood it sooner.
If you can’t tell, this book, and the series as a whole, was hit and miss for me. There were things I really liked, and some things I didn’t like at all. In the end, it was just OK for me.
Posted February 12, 2014
~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
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Falling Light takes off shortly after Rising Darkness had ended. Mary and Michael had survived The Deceiver and now on the run to meet with their Elder, Astra so they can regroup. It will take a lot to beat The Deceiver as he has become a powerful being in the human world. He has the power to control minds and now using drones to find Mary and Michael. He had set them up to take the fall for all of the murders he committed, making it hard for them to get to their destination
If you read Rising Sun, you know that this is far from the Elder Races that we are used to. This installment further proves that Ms. Harrison ventured a totally different genre. Falling Light is filled with dark adventure, magic, and out-of-this-world beings that live among the human world.
Ms. Harrison further explains what Mary and Michael’s origins are which surprised me a little. In fact, I am now a bit confused about the world where they came from. Though I have to admit that it is all very fascinating. Their ability to communicate both in the mental and physical realm was kind of cool. Ms. Harrison throws in a few twists in the story and a betrayal I didn’t expect. While the romance between Michael and Mary become stronger, the amount is still to a minimum.
I didn’t like this novel as much as the first. Mary and Michael spent a lot of time traveling and this slowed down the cadence of the book. One thing that was good about their long journey is that they get to know each other again and it helps Mary adjust to the changes in her life. There was a couple of scenes that was full of action and a bit suspenseful but it was not until the end.
Overall, Falling Light was an okay read.
eARC provided by Publisher
Posted March 19, 2014
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