Last year I read the first two books in M.L.N. Hanover’s The Black Sun’s Daughter series. I enjoyed them greatly. They are not perfect but there is a certain something to them that makes them compulsively readable and incredibly fun. Reading book three, Vicious Grace, is a little more complex and harder than it should have been.
Vicious Grace follows Jayne and company to Chicago, where a demon rider is attacking people’s sleep and dreams. These books are heavily character dependent, and this book is no exception to the formula. However, VG diverts from the engaging formula of the first two and seems duller, weaker paced, and less fascinating than the first two. I think both Unclean Spirits and Darker Angels grew in scope upon recollection.
Book three deals with a subject matter I find difficult to read – dreams, and the structure of the human mind within the dream realm. I tend to gloss over details and grow weary when authors begin to wax rhapsodic on the dream field. That so much of this book is spent dealing with a subject I do not care about doesn’t help. I have my own thoughts on dreams and what they mean. I don’t need interpretation or philosophies on this theme.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
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