Dear Ms. Vaughan,
Jane and I have both heaped love on all three books of your “Warlord” series. To me they seemed fresh, new and filled with characters I loved. I dove into each one eagerly anticipating it. Okay, maybe the sweat stuff in book two dragged on too long but that series rocked for me.
When Jane told us she had our advanced copy of “Dagger Star,” I was psyched. A new book (a new series?) for me to enjoy. And it started off fine. A dark and stormy night, two exhausted warrior women, a devastated land, a mysterious man. You threw in some sexual tension, some humor, another mystery about the heroine and I settled into this world. Evil is afoot here, times are hard, lawlessness rules the land. Obviously there’s going to be a showdown. And that’s about when things started to slide into too much. Just too much.
We get warriors, a scarred man, magic goats, a High Priestess, portals, goats, an elf, a mysterious injured man, goats, magic (thank you for not using the spelling magick), more warriors, a Chosen, dead warriors, Barons -rogue, drunk and Elf, more Chosen, warrior training, Raiders and a spider statue, children, pigs, goats again, a High Mage, wild magic, goats, battles, Elves, redemption and, oh yes, goats. On and on and on.
Every chapter brought new elements to the story, new people to learn about, new points of view to read and try and remember and after a short while, I got so tired of being hit up with yet one more addition to all I was mentally keeping track of. The humor felt forced and unfunny and as for the romance, it seemed to get stuck in a rut that left me unsatisfied and bored. And to top it off, despite all the different things mentioned and added to the story, the middle dragged far too long and the ending was too rushed.
I would guess that there are more books planned for this story because I certainly ended it with a lot of unanswered questions. Why this and how that? What was the reason to include this element and why did I slog through this entire book to still not know the reason for the goats? It could have been good, it might even have been very good but in the end it was just a mish mash of too darn much. D