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Posted June 11, 2014
A Good Read
A solid 3 1/2 stars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The editing was a little better in this one. However, there are still some wrong words, extra words, consistency issues, separated compound words, and "then" when it should be "than." The last was the worst for me. Yes, worse THAN having to read "He was looked at me..." and more rampant THAN the incorrect version of "to," "too," and "two." Though overall, when I page through my version, I have fewer editing notes than in book one.
Of course, I didn't mark everything either. I tried to put my red pen down and just read the story this time. Sadly, it can be difficult. I studied to be an English teacher and believe that authors, editors, and publishers have a duty to print proper English. There is a "who cares about grammar and spelling" attitude that comes from writing as we speak. Just because we say it, doesn't make it correct. Unless, of course, you are writing in dialect - that is an entirely different issue.
There are two more style situations that I want to address. The first - character names. You can name your characters whatever you want; however, if the narrator is not a part of the story itself the characters should always be referred to formally. Many times in the narration of the scene the narrator calls the character "Lil" or "Con" or "B." Pet names are fine in dialogue character to character, but outside of that should remain "Lily," "Conall," and "Brid."
Consistency. Throughout the series Lily and her friends have discussed "the prophecy." Near the end of this installment Lily calls it "the legend." What? Little things like that jolt one out of a smooth reading pattern.
The story itself...I liked most of it. It is a quest story so there is some wandering. Sometimes the wandering is a bit much. However, when we got to a point of interest, it was very interesting. The action events are well choreographed.
There are a couple of irritating points in the story:
1) Lily and her friends are teenagers and think like human teenagers, so their angst and self doubt is acceptable. However, we haven't had any new memories return to them in a long time. Let's get back to remembering who they once were and how that contributes to who they are now.
2) The men vying for Lily's affections keep reminding her that they are 300+ years old. Why are they acting like teenage boys instead of the regents they are?
3) Lily is an empath - that should help her, but that power is blocked a lot - too often.
Good things about the story:
I am even more interested than ever to find out what happens to Lennan. Seems like there is more to her new relationship than meets the eye. I also want to know what happens to Lily and her friends. Are they still on the same quest they once were? Are the four we originally thought to be the four the true four? Ronan...he is an enigma...what will he do next? Earlier I thought him similar to the goblin king in Labyrinth, but now he is reminding me of Beverly Crusher's Ronin who was feeding off her energy. Is Ruarc the solid warrior I believe him to be? Caer sill has me wary...what is she up to? Where do her loyalties stand? Can Brid be saved?
I found this to be a good read and look forward to the conclusion of the trilogy.
Posted May 11, 2013
Wanderers of the Night picks right back up where All That We See
Wanderers of the Night picks right back up where All That We See or Seem left off. Tempest has added so much more to book 2 that you get sucked right in on page one. Lily is on her quest to rescue Lennan after being kidnapped by Ronan. With Larkin having left Lily, she is able to take a step back and look at where her heart should take her. Should it be with Ronan, Conall or Larkin. I know who my vote goes to but I will keep that to myself. In book one, Lily is just finding out who she really is and what her role is as the Dreamer. Lily is on a quest, a real quest and her first. What I liked most about book 2, Lily is stronger and we get to see her take charge of herself. She is not the timid, scared girl like in book 1. Yes, her love triangle is a strenuous one but oh is it a good one. Here we get to learn more of what role her new friends will play and have played in her former life. Just when you think you’ve got Ronan all figured out, he has blindsided us all. Ronan floats the fine line between good and bad, but you just don’t know which side he will end up on. Tempest has added so much more mystery, action and romance that have made her unique world addicting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2012
An exciting fantasy series!
I received this book free from the author through my Goodreads book club, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All thoughts and conclusions are my own. With "Wanderers of the Night, we pick up with Lily a couple of weeks after the first book "All That We See or Seem" ends. Former friend Keenan has kidnapped sweet Lennan, and Lily has decided to track her and get her back. Larkin left after the battle at Moht in order to go back to his home and put things to rights, after his father was killed by Ronan, the evil King. This leaves Lily alone with Larkin's cousin Conall....and regenerated sparks begin to fly. Seriously, I want whatever this girl has -- she is being pursued by the beautifully evil Ronan, the dark and sensual Larkin, and the generously affable Conall. WTH? Anyway -- I was completely absorbed in this book, and read it in no time flat! It is very easy to fall into the world that author Tempest C. Avery has created. I LOVE the ending -- it came at the perfect place, and I can't wait to get my hands on the third installment of this series to find out how it all ends. There is a lot going on in this book, and as with the first one, it can be a little overwhelming at times. I would like to see the author do another pass at editing this work, because while no work is perfect, the errors were really distracting -- especially when you are trying to follow a complex plot line. I also found myself with a bit of an "Eww" factor when I would recall to myself that most of these characters are 16 YEARS OLD....yes, I know that 'technically' they are over 300 years old - but in this lifetime, they are 16, doing/acting/conversing as normal teenagers do not. I feel that if the characters were more like 18-19 it would be a little easier to take. All in all, I am a fan of this series, and I would recommend to anyone 15+. There is some intimacy, but it never goes into "full out" mode - so it is a safe bet :) (less)
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Posted February 15, 2014
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