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Debbie's Spurts

Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.


Currently reading

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton
Bring Me Their Hearts
Sara Wolf
House of Earth and Blood
Sarah J. Maas
A Selection of Designs inspired by Iznik & Delft Pottery in Cross Stitch: 16 stunning floral cross stitch designs
Durene Jones
Ain't Love a Witch?
Dakota Cassidy
Progress: 1 %
The Old Witcheroo
Dakota Cassidy
Gemina (The Illuminae Files)
Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Progress: 100 %
The Dragonbone Chair
Tad Williams
Progress: 14 %

Favorite Book Quotes

"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold







Review of Dark Queen (Jane Yellowrock, #12) by Faith Hunter

Dark Queen - Faith Hunter

As much as I was loathe to see this series end, I was really anticipating what most of my reviewing friends found a fit ending to the series.   [Update, possibly not the end as a book Shattered Bonds shows in places as #13 to be published Dec. 2019]

Jane and the bunch are still great to read about and still well-written. But, nope, I don't think this ended the series well. I mean for 11 books previously we've been building up to the visit by the older more powerful European vampires -- that storyline just fizzled with lots of posturing and playground-y antics with security measures by known characters good or bad as plot convenient without a lot of internal logic.

Yes, caught up with lots of the players. Some of whom got a satisfactory finish.

But, also introduced way too much "new" to be in the last book of the series (presumably to hint at a happier future).

I'm all for character growth and would be disappointed if no one changed over the course of a series. I like Jane and Bruiser together. But, Bruiser kind of disappeared for me to be replaced by super-duper-sappy-wish-fulfillment boyfriend. Leo also disappeared for me a bit plus maybe softened too much.

I think I was expecting much grittier stuff from the big bad visit. I mulled over this review a bit to see if too colored by the fact I didn't want this to be the last book, but after letting things digest I am overall still disappointed in how it ended the series.