Review – Lord of Misrule
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  • July 29, 2010

So, I admit it, I did not finish reading Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine. I wasn’t enjoying it at all, so much so that about 75 pages I began to skim the book, and then scan the Internet for plot summaries and spoilers. This is never a good sign with me as I generally avoid plot spoilers LIKE THE PLAGUE. Whenever I start to do this I know the book is not doing anything for me.

That said, out with the old in with the new. I plan to start reading Carpe Corpus next despite my objection to this book. I still have hopes for this series despite this book.

So, what went wrong? Well, for starters the formula is completely broken. Morganville is burning, the vampires have split into factions – the old one under Amelie that previously inhabited the town, and the new ones that are sympathetic allies to Bishop, Amelie’s Father. With the two at war the town collapses into chaos and the denizens of Glass House are, likewise, separated from one another for various, strategic purposes. With all of the characters acting in different directions under different vampires order the book becomes disjointed, the plot skews, and begins to make little sense…. and drags… and drags… and drags…. Evidently there are a few significant character advancements, but everything is so drowned in the dense action surrounding the conflict that it gets lost. I grew bored, and I skimmed, and lost interest with this one.

However, attention still demands the sixth book. Like I said earlier. Nothing else will suit. So we press on.

Suffice it to say, this one gets a 2. Not enough to knock me completely out of the series, but enough to come to book six with reservations. I’m hoping it’s just this book.

– BP

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