THE UNYIELDING is a fun romp through both the Norse underworld and the modern world, with a good dose of mischief and sexy romance. The characters are fun, the monsters are properly horrific and the stakes are high enough to matter. Although Ragnarok is no laughing matter, THE UNYIELDING makes it fun.
Shelley Laurenston (who also writes the Dragon Kin series as AG Aiken) has a particular way with heroines who are not your typical kick-ass urban fantasy heroines – and I love it!
Jace is a super interesting, layered character and although her quiet behaviour confuses her sister-Crows, most of us can understand the need to get away from unnecessary chit chat and noise. Jace has a particularly dark “first life”, her life before she was chosen by Skuld to become a Crow at the moment of death. Still, she isn’t overly negative and manages to care for her new family, the rowdy, loud, violent women of the Crows.
GRAVE ATTRACTION pulls you in with excellent characters, new and exciting mythology and a great dramatic finale. It managed to blend perfectly all the aspects I’ve come to expect from a book partway through a paranormal romance series, without being overly repetitive or confusing.
FEEL THE BURN was the eight book in the Dragon Kin series, but there was so much going on that it felt like the twentieth book – it had too much overarching plot and not enough of the main characters for my liking.
DRAGON ON TOP was the perfect blend of fun and sexy, with tons of new mythology and interesting insights into the series; I adored it!
The main Dragon Kin storyline takes place a few hundred years (at least) after the events of DRAGON ON TOP, which is great since the story has gotten a bit heavy in the last books and it’s fabulous to read about the Southlands without the baggage.
COLD BURN OF MAGIC is exactly what one would expect from an author like Estep – excellent and fun. Similar to her Elemental Assassin series, COLD BURN OF MAGIC is a new world filled with interesting characters, creative mythology, and a little touch of romance.
THE FAIRYLAND MURDERS was a interesting mixing of noir detective stories with fairy tales. With this mixture of a gritty murder mystery with light fanciful fairies and princesses you get an at times bizarre world filled with some hilarious interactions between characters. There are some neat references to fairy tale characters and fairy tales.
If you’ve ever found yourself wishing you had more demi-gods and Vikings in your life, then picking up PROPHECY would be a perfect cure. Especially if battles between good and evil that don’t pull punches, twists and turns, and keep you up reading until the wee hours of the night are your thing.
It’s got to be a daunting prospect to retell the Beauty/Beast plot, considering how many times it’s been replayed, and not just in movies but in other books, too. (Beastly comes to mind.) But BEAUTY’S BEAST does a fairly good job of giving the Beast a new spin and sets the story in a nicely vague old world setting. In the end, though, it mostly pales in comparisons.
NIGHT UNBOUND is yet another in a strong, Paranormal Romance series that offers action, romance, and characters that don’t fall prey to the “cast of thousands” fatigue so common in this genre. Both Lisette and Zach have appeared in prior books, and seeing these two find a happily-ever-after makes for a steamy and satisfying romance, with a minimum of drama keeping them apart.