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Posted July 26, 2009
Different Hero and Heroine would have been better
Really disappointing in my opinion. I was actually expecting a lot of people to rate this particular book badly but was vastly surprised to know just the opposite.
First off, the characters did not come alive for me. They were not like those characters that make you feel as though they are real. These two are just two dimensional plain characters.
First off, Rosaleen is supposed to be smart? In what sense? I could not even finish the book due to her stupidity, simple and narrow mindedness, recklessness, annoying and empty headed female characteristic. Seriously, why did the author give us the impression that she is smart while she's not?! Her character is not even realistic!
When she first time-travels with Thorn, they go to a gory battle. At first she was dubious whether it was real or not but she soon finds out that it is the latter. So, witnessing her first battle-she was totally fine with it. She was fine with all the blood spilling on her. She was totally fine with seeing men get stabbed from left to right, or see men breath their last breathe or see men in the brink of life and death. She was totally fine when Thorn beheads a man in front of her as well. Oh but please don't think that she was such a b*tch to not feel anything at all. There was a time when she was distressed! She remembered that they might be altering the future with Thorn's killing spree at the moment. She starts to get worried that what if one of her ancestor dies here and she would cease to exist!!! She gets annoyed at the thought but was greatly relieved when Thorn informs her that those men were meant to perish anyway. But again, she gets annoyed with Thorn for not telling her first thing so she could have sit-backed, relaxed and enjoyed the show while he was murdering everyone unfortunate enough.
Why I don't think this is realistic? And I do not mean all the time-travel stuff. First off, a 21st century woman fine with seeing all these for the first time?!? I think not! She also charges at the battle twice to yell at Thor; ignoring all the peril that might happen. Ex. He might get distracted and get killed(not that he could with such circumstances but COME ON.. any person with common sense would not put herself in the middle of the battle considering she's endangering herself and Thorn with her wrong time of out-spokeness. Seriously?!
Secondly, she tells Thorn that it weren't for her knowledge of the past, she would have died when she was attacked by those soldiers. If she were smart, she would have known better than to go off by herself and look for Thorn while he specified for her to stay in the tent. But of course not, she has to prove to Guy and Thorn that she's an independent 29 year old female. So she runs out from the tent and goes off looking for him while Guy has told her that there is 6000 soldiers looming about. She says that she's probably the smartest person alive in William the Conqueror's time but wow.. what major stupidity. It might sound mean but she should have at least suffered more when she was saved by the knight. One little kiss on the lips? A little more would have thought her a lesson !! She really was annoying especially when Thorn was reprimanding her due to her stupidity! She gets angry at him then at the knight because of the payment he might demand and then angry back again at Thorn because he said he'd kill him before he let's that happen. She might be 29 years old but her recklessness is that of a 15 year old female!
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