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Posted January 24, 2013
Ghost is a book that is carefully constructed and ends up being a very intricate, complex beginning of a very fascinating quartet. To be frank, the only things I don't like about the book has more to do with personal preference.
If anyone has read Carole Cummings other books (Aisling), then you know that she never writes a simple story (I mean this in a GOOD way). This isn't the kind of story you read and can predict what will happen right away. The plot is carefully constructed and is all, but linear.
The characters are all three-dimensional. In fact, the story switches perspective among the different characters so often that you feel like you KNOW them just as much as the main characters. Basically, the characters are unique and you can't help but like them (the good ones anyway). I can't really say there is a character that is "just there." They are all meaningful in some way.
With the things I don't like. The main problem I have is with so many FLASHBACKS. I would say a good 1/3 to 1/2 of the story is made up of flashbacks of Jacin-rei's past. The execution of the flashbacks was done well. However, I am not a personal fan of so many flashbacks as I like to know what is happening in the present (once again, this is really a PERSONAL issue, so if you are not bothered with this kind of thing, then I wouldn't worry).
Also, the story is one that involves the Gods and their "enforcers" known as Tamshiel that walk upon the world in mortal flesh. I will not say much more on this, but I was never a fan of books that have these types of "semi-immortal" characters in plots, as these characters are all-powerful from the get-go. I will not go much more in detail with this as it may end up spoiling some things. Once again, personal preference here.
Overall, if you aren't bothered by the things I did not like in the reading, then I would say the rating would be a 4/5 stars. Regardless, Ghost is a good book and would recommend it to those who enjoyed Aisling.
Posted November 30, 2012
Since I consider ‘Wolf’s Own – Ghost’ and ‘Wolf’s Own – Weregild’ to be one book, this review applies to both.
First, Carole’s writing style is gorgeous – nearly edible. It is her greatest strength as an author. I love to read her stuff just for the luscious and descriptive language.
Second, her characterization is amazing. Like her writing style, she excels at building and examining complex characters in detail – getting inside their heads and taking the reader with her. Jacin, the tragic hero, is nearly insane, fragile yet, at the same time, amazingly strong and talented. Malick, the cocky hero, is complex, hard-to-read, flawed, tough, but with a (somewhat tarnished) heart of gold. And both Jacin’s real family and Malick’s adopted family, are full of equally complex, three-dimensional characters with their own stories to tell.
Carole’s world-building is extremely detailed, almost overwhelming at times in its complexity because it is so thoroughly developed. A lot of the reviews here mention the multiple POVs and flashbacks. Personally, I find the multiple POVs and flashbacks a bit confusing, but I am very left-brained and I tend to be rather linear when I read. It is a matter of preference, in my opinion, and doesn’t detract from the story if you are willing to, as a more linear reader, knuckle down and spend some effort to keep up.
There is humor and passion, adventure and intrigue, and most of all, a complex, exciting story. It is darker than my usual read, but Carole’s writing skill and characterization kept me intrigued.
Oh, and the art on the covers is yummy too!
Posted August 20, 2012
An amazing story with a lot of unexpected twists and turns. In a world where people of Jin are oppressed and enslaved by thier enemy because of the magic that flows through their very veins. As a young man of Jin is trying to protect his family from people who would use them against him. He is pulled into a world of immortals and their gods. With the voices of the Ancestors screeching in his head none stop.
Malick and his small group of assassins might be the answer to saving his family and his sanity, or doom him to insanity. Yet, Malick stirs long suppressed emotions he thought he killed. But little does Fen Jacin-rei know he stirring emotions in Malick that he is denying, while seeking vengeance.
This book is only one part of the story of this thrilling tale. I already have book two to discover what happens to this motley crew and the romance between these two young men and the forces pulling them together and apart. Enjoy! d(^-^)b Two thumb up.
Posted April 2, 2012
This is sci-fi erotica. I thought this was well written and intense, very character driven. I was sorry when I finished the book. I just got Book 2 and can't wait to see what happens next.
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Posted March 27, 2013
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