Soul of Fire (Luna) Laura Anne Gilman .

 

Soul of Fire (Luna) Laura Anne Gilman .

ARC supplied by Netgalley.

This book had me puzzled for a while. It read as though I was into a second book, and yet I hadn’t been able to find a first one. Then looked again and found it, Heart of Briar. By then though I was three-quarters through the book. It would have been far better if I’d read that first as it’s quite a complex set of characters and problems to follow otherwise. I was often confused and had to keep making mental notes as I went along. I’d love to read the first book then go back to this, I think I’d be writing a different review then. As it is I found it difficult to get engaged with the book and characters.
It’s classed as romance and though Ty, Jan’s boyfriend, has been rescued from the Preternaturals he’s not the same as he was, and is undergoing therapy from the Supernaturals. See, even those terms had me puzzled for a while, along with the different things each Super and Preter can do, as they’re not always the same as fantasy conventions list. I was wondering was Ty meant to be the romance angle? Or perhaps given that he got into trouble by seeing a Preter (though he thought she was human of course) for coffee when he was dating Jan, perhaps after rescuing him she’d turn to one of the Supers? All very puzzling. The first third of the book seemed to be all talking and little action, – again maybe if I’d read first book I’d see it another way but to me I almost gave up here. Didn’t know the characters, the problems, how they’d resolve it, and so much of the conversations went over my head. Things picked up though, and I became more engaged with the story and Jan.
I liked Jan, loyal to Ty despite knowing he wasn’t, protective of her friends and open minded enough to accept the Supers for what they are, faults and all. Ty though – well, I guess it’s the fact that he was prepared to cheat on Jan that set me against him, and he’s so broken now that at first he just seems to link Jan to all the bad things, so I wanted her to have romance elsewhere…but with who? The Supers were not like conventional varieties, they admit emotion really is above them, they’re just practical and see humans as food or playthings very often. She can’t enter a romance with one of them without endangering her life. AJ and Martin were the ones I felt I knew best, good points and faults of course, and they were interesting characters. I love AJ’s natural Alpha qualities, but he’s dangerous, and Martin – well I couldn’t help wishing he wasn’t a Kelpie, they tend to drown their human friends when they tire of them….
The basic storyline was interesting, and once I felt “into” it I enjoyed it, but spent so long working out who/what/where and why that it did spoil my overall enjoyment of the book. If you’ve read and enjoyed book one I’m sure you’ll love this, if not then I’d advise buying that before tackling this one. Priced at £5.59 for 304 pages/421kb it’s at the upper end of my VFM price scale.
Stars: four, the beginning I’d have gone for just three, because of my confusion over everything but the later part was a good four an half so a four overall. Of course for those who’ve read book one this is probably a five.

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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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