The Shape Stealer. Lee Carroll

The Shape Stealer (Black Swan Rising Trilogy 3)

The Shape Stealer. Lee Carroll

ARC provided via Netgalley.

Written by husband and wife team Carol Goodman and Lee Slonimsky. Though I hadn’t read the first two books in this trilogy I simply loved Carol’s Fairwick Chronicles, and this looked to be a similar type of book. So I read the samples of books one and two – I usually find that’s enough to allow me to keep up when I jump into an existing series – and went from there.
This book is really complex though, and in honesty I needed to read those earlier books to fully to appreciate the story. I found myself floundering over events, trying to understand the complex time travel machinations in the book, and not sure of the characters. I need to feel “there” in the book, usually I’d be Garet in my mind, seeing events alongside her, but I felt a bit detached because there was so much I just didn’t understand. That’s my fault for thinking I could pick up such a complex book. My Bad 😦 Still, for those who love a story that has more than just a boy meets girl romance, and who want snippets of history intertwined with vampires, and other supernatural creatures this trilogy may be what they’re looking for. Just don’t think you can pick up book three though as I did – you really do need to read books one and two to fully appreciate the story and the way its written.
Apart from the difficulties in following the story though, I had specifics I really wasn’t keen on – the poetry…it didn’t add anything I found, and in fact I ended up skipping it each time I came to it. Then the romance – it’s not classed as a romance novel, but somehow I was expecting a bit more than we got. Young Will was just such a put off, he really read like a typical teenager, arrogant and foolhardy, and not the “better person” Old Will seemed to think he was. Then there was Old Will – we met him eventually, but there didn’t really seem to be much closeness between him and Garet considering all they’d gone through to be together…it could have been though that I was skim reading by then, being so lost that I simply couldn’t read the book in the way I usually would.
Stars: It’s difficult to assess really – but on how I personally enjoyed it – and that’s how I always rate – this is just a two/three star. It is very well written, it is a sweeping, eventful story and yet I simply didn’t gel with it.

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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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