Published by: Hogarth on October 24, 2017 Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
Henry Dunbar was a corporate mogul, with a company and estate that could be described as nothing less than a kingdom. But a scheme by his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan, might be his complete and total undoing. First, he needs to escape from the care home to which he’s been committed and hope that Abby and Megan don’t find him before the upcoming meeting of his board of directors. Henry’s youngest daughter, Florence, is also on the lookout for him, but her sisters appear to have no reservations about trying to stop her in her tracks. It’s a family affair–and the people who know you best can sometimes have the most information to use against you.
This story is billed as an adaptation of <i>King Lear</i>, and it certainly is, but you do not have to be familiar with Shakespeare’s play to understand and enjoy the book. There’s a bit of an adventure here in the plot, but there are also elements of suspense and family drama. It’s an easy-to-follow read, and an engaging story, great for a rainy afternoon or a day of traveling.
[Disclaimer: This review is based on a copy of the book received from the publisher via BloggingForBooks.]
Series: Hours of the Night, Book 2
Published by: Prescourt Books on October 12, 2017 Rating: 4stars (★★★★☆)
When a prominent society lady (and, as it turns out, essentially the head of a powerful coven) mysteriously dies at her own party, the only thing anyone knows for certain is that foul play is more than suspected. So it’s also no surprise that Thaddeus and Sarasija find themselves working to track down the murderer. And if it’s not enough to be on the trail of someone (or something) nefarious, they still need to track down the missing grimoire (a.k.a. guide to demon summoning) while Thaddeus is struggling to keep himself in control and Sara is having strange dreams that he is keeping to himself. Recipe for disaster? Probably. But these two just might be up to the challenge.
I was excited to see another installment in this series. There was something about Thaddeus and Sara that drew me in when I read Vespers, and that something is definitely still here. These two have experiences that are so different–they’re even from different eras, really–and through those differences they have managed to find something that works for them. Now, sometimes it doesn’t work as well as others, but I think it’s safe to say that is true of nearly any relationship. There are some unexpected twists to rush down in reading this story, and–I’ll just put it out there now–there are some unanswered questions that remain at the end. But that’s what book three is for, right?
[Disclaimer: This review is based on an advance reading copy provided by the authors.]