Saturday, April 11, 2015

Beneath the Forsaken City- C. E. Laureano

My Rating: 3 Stars

Description: Conor and Aine have barely escaped Seare with their lives. Conor knows he must return to find the harp that could end the Red Druid’s reign of terror, but in the midst of their escape, he and Aine are torn apart once more. Surrounded by despair and thrown into as much danger as they left behind, Conor and Aine must cling to the whispers of Comdiu’s plans for them and the homeland that depends on their survival. But at what cost? Will they learn to depend on Comdiu completely? Or will they give up hope?

My Thoughts: I love Eoghan. He has offically become my favorite character and I sorely wish he had been the main character in this series. However, I do understand that Conor and Aine were far more involved in the large scale view of world. Still, I found Eoghan to be a relatable character for all his skills and imperfects (particularly his pride).

The major theme in this series is trusting Comdiu, even in the hardest of times. It is an admirable theme which I did appreciate, however, at times I felt it went a little too far. The characters are constantly pushed to the edge, into situations where the average person (and most of the other characters) would give up. Yet somehow, these two manage to only doubt Comdiu for a couple paragraphs before they rally their faith. It would have been far more believable if they had doubted more, and still Comdiu brought about a good end.

I also struggled with Conor and Aine's romance. For most of this book (and the last) they were not even together, so the reader has little opportunity to actually see their relationship as something real and substantive.

The themes and unique setting make this series worth trying. I really enjoyed where Conor kept his word to Haldor, even when everyone else expected him not too. Unfortunately, both Conor and Aine's continued encounters with people of nobility and rank (even in the middle of nowhere), rather than common people, seemed all too perfect.

I wish I could say I loved this book. The idea of a married hero and heroine was what first drew me to this series, but I was disappointed by how little time they spent together. Maybe they will be together more in the next book.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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