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Strangeness and Charm: The Courts of the Feyre, Book 3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    I debated leaving this less-than-perfect review because I have b

    I debated leaving this less-than-perfect review because I have become quite a fan of Shevdon's books and also enjoy visiting his website. Yet my mind keeps returning to this last installment of his Courts of the Feyre, so perhaps if I write this, I can let it go. I will do my best to avoid spoilers but read at your own risk.

    I was fortunate enough to discover The Courts of the Feyre series just prior to the release of Book 3. I finished Book 2 just two days after Book 3 came out. Thus, I read them all back-to-back. I also was very happy that he publishes his work on ebooks, allowing me instant gratification. I found the first two books very character-driven and had a difficult time putting them down to do important things like go to work or get enough sleep. I loved Niall’s character, and since I live in the United States, the scenery, culture, and language that is familiar to Yorkshire-born Shevdon, as well as his careful research into British history and mythology, lent his books a feeling of authenticity that was refreshing and fascinating.

    That said, I found Book 3 to be more plot driven than the first two. For me, the characters lacked the depth of the first two books--especially Niall, who somehow lost his voice. Other characters took the POV role but seemed shallow--more there to move the story along than to share their story with us, the readers.

    Shevdon wrapped up most of his his loose ends but at the last moment introduced a parting gift left for Niall that seemed to come out of left field--without leaving a spoiler, nothing about this "gift" was hinted or introduced at other times in the story, even though the series' outcome hinged on its existence. For something that played such a pivotal role in the story, it remained a rather under-developed mystery.

    Niall's last scene was clear enough, thanks to a foreshadowing scene earlier in the story, but I still feel that the story is unfinished. I might be able to accept the hero-goes-off-into-the-sunset arc, but the rest of the characters are unresolved in a way that works in a plot-driven story, but is hard for me to swallow in the fine character-driven stories I enjoyed up to Book 3.

    I wonder: Is there anything left for Niall to do? Will Alex and Tate have a future? What will Blackbird do now? Surely there must be stragglers from the 7 courts? What will they do? What will become of William? What about Gramawl? What about Katherine and her relationship with Alex?

    I would still recommend Shevdon's books and I certainly will read the next thing he publishes. I just wish that next thing would be a resolution for the conflicts in the lives of those left behind.

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