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Posted August 5, 2008
Save your money on this one
The book, I feel, had a good story line but....written 'choppy' sometimes it was incoherent. Also, you need to be tolerant of homosexuality, there's alot of it written here. Why would Katherine have anything to do with Artemisia after the way she was treated the second time they met? The book did have some humor but that's all I can say that was really good about this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2007
Depends on what you're looking for
If you want a book with some interesting characters, political intrigue, insightful social machinations and a large dollop of sex and sexual situations 'G, L, & S' a tale that forces a young ingénue to learn the sword in what first seems a sort of oppression but ultimately is an act of liberation but also a story in which the protagonist never really acts to forge her own destiny or take control of her own life¿ then this book is for you. If, on the other hand, you¿re hoping to read about a strong, intelligent young woman who is compelled to take up the blade and thereby experience a series of challenges¿both mental and physical, some won, some lost, but all serving to help her learn more about herself and the world that she inhabits¿before ultimately, in a climactic battle of wit and steel, she defeats 'or seriously hinders' her enemy¿ then you should look elsewhere. Personally, I would have preferred to see a clever mix of both. There was plenty about this book that I enjoyed. I found the Mad Duke neither mad nor abusive but rather subtle, directed, and even altruistic. I enjoyed Lord Ferris and his slow revelation as a powerful and very dangerous villain. And I liked Katherine. I also liked lines in the book. Things like: ¿In the morning there was chocolate.¿ On the other hand there were a number of contrivances that rung false. I had trouble with Katherine¿s unexplainable devotion to Lady Fitz-Levi¿a girl who laughed at Katherine to her face the second time they met. The idea that an unwilling ingénue could be forged into a supercompentent swordswoman in only six months with only 3 instructors 'at different times' is ludicrous. And by personal experience I can attest that someone who does not know the sword 'and plenty of them who do' would not be able to identify Katherine¿s teacher by the moves she uses in one short duel. But all of these I would have forgiven if not for the disappointing ending 'I am not speaking of the dénouement, which is fine as far as such things go'. The climactic moment of this story felt to me felt hurried, abbreviated, unlikely, and entirely out of character for at least one of the two involved. It was almost as if the author had tired of writing it and simply wanted to move on. How much more I would have enjoyed a climactic resolution in which Katherine personally faces her enemy or at least her own demons. Indeed, I would have willingly read longer to see her wrest her own destiny from the hands of those who would control it. Instead, I shall have to look elsewhere.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 3, 2014
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