Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Divine Misdemeanours- Laurell K Hamilton

Divine Misdemeanors: A Novel (Meredith Gentry, Book 8)

Spoiler Alert! Don't read on if you don't want to see spoilers. I usually avoid them but couldn't say what I needed to without them on this.

I am a big fan of the series but I found this book pretty disappointing. There have been many incidents discussed in the book and series at length- the return of the sidhe powers to Merry's lovers, the Goddess answering Merry's prayers and crowning her queen (which she turned down), Merry's pregnancy etc, etc. This book had the opportunity to expand on these and give us some kind of plot development and tie up some of the very many loose ends. Instead there was a half hearted serial killer and too many pointless sex scenes fleshing out the book and we are still left with no answers at all.

There was an inordinate amount of explaining and re-explaining the same thing. Frost and Doyle are stuck on the phrases "I was once the Killing Frost" and "I was once the Queen's Darkness" nothing we weren't already aware of!

Also, we get drawn out descriptions of the same characters we already know as well as detailed dialogue on long, ankle length hair. Page space that would have been better used to develop the plot.

Most of the rest of the book is devoted to petty bickering between Merry's "people", and her putting the men in their place.

The small amount of page space left is devoted to the "killer Tinkerbelle" storyline.

All in all a forgettable instalment to a series that I will be seriously reconsidering continuing with.