Let’s face it: no matter how many people recommended it to me, telling me that I would love it, in the end, it just wasn’t for me. They weren’t wrong; the premise of this novel promises everything I love: great world building, an interesting heroine, a mesmerising love interest, who seems to be just how I like my male characters (dark, brooding, mysterious, more or less evil, et al.), and a fascinating plot. Unfortunately, after a strong start, the story began to drag on. Too many flat secondary characters and flash backs as well as a relationship dynamic that wasn’t as intriguing as I hoped it to be sucked the thrill right out of the story. All in all, I feel like the novel wasn’t able to fulfil its potential because one book was not enough to round out all the now unfortunately half-baked aspects . . .
I bet you thought that this is a horse novel, but really, it is not. It’s more or less the 1987s version of a New Adult novel that has incidentally horses in it because it’s set on a farm. You’re probably not convinced yet. After all, there’s a horse on the cover and it has ’stallion‘ in the title (well, one could read it metaphorically, but we really, really don’t want to go there) . . .
14MrzReview: Nearly Gone
I really, truly tried to like this novel but unfortunately this is one of those that have a great premise but fall utterly short of my expectations. A sciencey murder mystery with a paranormal element? Well, that totally could have been awesome! However, it just didn’t work out for me; in other words, the pieces of the puzzle that should have added up to an awesome story didn’t link . . .
I can’t remember how I first learned about this novel. I can’t remember what made me buy it. However, I remember that I ordered it at my local bookshop one early summer shortly before I went on holidays in France with my Mum and my sister. I remember, because I started this novel when we hit the road and couldn’t put it aside. I read it while we drove through Germany, I read it at that strange and blazing hot hostel in Freiburg, I read it on our way through half of France, and I finished literally the second we arrived at the campsite in the Gorges du Chassezsac. It was the magic of the novel that glued me to its pages. Since then, including this one, I reread it three times . . .
This novel is the great surprise of 2013. A wonderful (fairy)tale about good and evil, friendship, love, and beauty with complex lovable and loathsome characters that also happens to be magnificently written. It is both hilariously funny and heartbreakingly sad, predictable and utterly unexpected.
Ja, es ist mal wieder ein Pferdebuch – allerdings eines, das mir wirklich viel bedeutet und das ich schon unzählige Male gelesen habe. Warum das so ist? Nun, die Hauptperson heißt Cara und als ich das damals im Klappentext gelesen habe, war es vollkommen um mich geschehen. In meiner ganzen Zeit als Leseratte sind mir bisher nur zwei Bücher untergekommen, in denen die Hauptperson Cara hieß (beides Pferdebücher, das andere, noch viel verblüffendere, ist ebenfalls für die Challenge vorgesehen), und auch als Nebencharakter machen sich die Caras rar. Auf Anhieb fallen mir da nur die Sword of Truth Reihe (die ich selbst noch nicht gelesen habe) und Divergent ein. ‚Kara‘ bin ich allerdings schon etwas häufiger begegnet, aber das zählt beim besten Willen nicht. Interessanterweise heißt die Protagonistin im Original noch nicht einmal Cara sondern Carey . . .
Nerd alert! If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings, this might interest you. I compiled a list of 9 fun facts about the characters, the storylines, and the writing process I learned in The Treason of Isengard…