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elves, Odin, Norns, cursing squirrels and star trek references, quite a lot packed into this fantasy romance
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2017
Books like this one drive me crazy when I'm trying to write a review. On one hand, I stayed up late reading, so that's a sign of how the story and Lionel and Tara sucked me in, right? And let just say that I love, LOVE, the fact that Tara comes from a bicultural family and that having her hair done by her Latina mother, as well as the color of her skin informs her character and her actions and most importantly for romance-lover me, comes to bear on the Romance central to this book: human Tara and half-breed Elf Lionel. I would recommend this book based solely on that, alone.
With the caveat that you need to have a really, really high world-building and plot ambiguity tolerance if you haven't read the rest of I Bring the Fire series yet (as I haven't.) And only have a general knowledge of Nordic mythology mostly based on Wagner Opera and Avenger movies.
There's a lot going on. There's light elf vs dark elf in Alfheim, a queen, rebel dark elves who were possibly punished light elves escaping to Chicago, Odin the all-father, etc. etc.
I never really understood what was going on in the beginning of the book when Lionel and Tara meet as Lionel's people go to Chicago ostensibly to chase escaping elves but Tara ends up seeing one of them beating a child-- this is never resolved blatantly, i.e. none of the characters explain what was going on. And there seems to have been no consequence for Lionel calling on the Destroyer? Not sure what happened there.
Also, Lionel and Tara spend the entire book escaping from various places and difficult political messes....and that was fun and great for the first two thirds of the book, and then the last third felt really rushed and strange and I got a little impatient with the obvious attraction they had for each other that mostly was channeled into forehead kissing.
But then the authors would go and make fun jokes like Tara being attracted to Lionel's pointy ears and thinking she needs to explain Spock to him...and not only Spock but Spock and Uhura......
So it's fun. And while i was confused, I didn't mind being confused for the first part.