Top critical review
So many ideas, too little development
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2010
Was so very disappointed in this book, particularly for one by Patricia Briggs. Lots of loose ends many ideas with potential and practically no followthrough. This is one of those few cases when I felt a book could have been a LOT longer.
Here are just a few examples. The hero and heroine are transported in a dream to waterfall where they meet a dragon. Neither waterfall nor dragon ever appear again. The same two characters discuss the mystery of how a broken arm was fixed and how important discovering that cause is. The cause is never discovered. Several pages of a spell book fall out and are easily and effectively destroyed but a later mage thinks the pages contain great magic and can't be destroyed. The time it will take for a journey varies between two and five days. The heroine claims to need private time and independence yet accepts an imposed permanent mind-reading relationship happily. Unexplained horror creatures appear, wreak havoc and disappear without a chase, concern about possible reappearance or background as to how they were made to appear in that place and time.
This book desperately needs a total rewrite for consistency, clarity and a good deal more amplification. Either the writer or editor seems simply not to have cared very much about this book. Really too bad.