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Deep Is the Night Trilogy: Dark Fire (Book 1) Paperback – 15 August 2003
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- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1843605635
- ISBN-13 : 978-1843605638
- Product Dimensions : 13.34 x 2.03 x 20.96 cm
- Publisher : Ellora's Cave (15 August 2003)
- Language: : English
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About the Author
Denises inspiration for her novels comes from innumerable sources, but the fact she has lived in Colorado, Hawaii, and the United Kingdom has given her a lifetime of ideas. Her experiences with archaeology have crept into her work, as well as numerous travels throughout England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Denise currently lives in Arizona with her real life hero, her husband.
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with a menace that stalks a small town this is a vampire novel with a difference. Fantastic characters this story will only leave you wanting more good job its the first in a series.
The problems with this book are twofold: inadequate editing and a heroine that takes way too long to come to terms with the supernatural in her life. Editing first. In the kindle edition (I can't speak for the print editions) there are several typos. Ex: "Especially not a man who could up in leave in a few days." I think the goal was to say "up and leave in a few days." That's just one example I could remember and go back and find in order to jot down here, but there are plenty of others.
There is also quite a bit of unnecessary repetition. For example, a character will have an internal thought put in italics folloed by a statement like, she continued to debate with herself. We know she's debating with herself. It's unnecessary to say so. These are places where I feel editing really let Ms. Agnew down. Outright mistakes and repetitions like this slow down what is otherwise an interesting story. It made it very hard to lose myself in the book the way I wanted to.
There is a whole dinner party chapter that could have been cut. I learned nothing new about the characters or the plot in the chapter, so it really slowed down the story. In fact, there were several plot points that came up repeatedly in the chapter that had already been covered; the characters chatted over dinner about a mysterious attack that had happened in the town of Pine Forest. Nothing new is revealed about the case. It's just repetetive rehashing, and in that chapter the dialogue fell flat for me. The heroine has some more moments of denial about the abnormal sensations she's having, but this isn't new by any stretch of the imagination. The cadence of dialoge felt stilted and sometimes unnatural in that chapter. But most of the other chapters move with a swift pace and reveal new info the way each chapter should.
Now for the heroine problems. I've read a lot of paranormal romance, and my favorite authors tend to write characters who are surprised and often dismayed at first to find their lives plagued by the supernatural, but who gracefully accept the fact and move on. Erin, the heroine of Dark Fire takes way too long to come to accept that Lachlan, the hero, is something other than your run-of-the-mill Scottish hottie. She vacillates between lusty feelings she has for him and mistrust and downright refusal to accept all the cues her senses are giving her that there's something unusual about him. It makes her seem a little slow on the uptake sometimes. And when she gives in to her lust, it makes her seem weak.
That said, I don't expect all the characters in the books I read to act perfectly rational all the time. I can live with a character steeped in denial and prone to getting kinky with a vampire even when she doesn't trust him if the rest of a story is interesting enough, and this one is. I will try reading Agnew's second novel in the Deep is the Night series in hopes that editing does a better job for the author on her second novel and that the characters find their way a little quicker. But if I don't see some maturation in Agnew's writing or improved editing, I may call it quits on the series.
The story is dragging along, trying to create a mystery in a little town with the history of ghosts there. The main heroine is a seemingly independent female, trying to make her own life after escaping her overbearing family - yet strangely as soon as the male main character arrives, all she can think about is sex... and that's about all the time.
If you remove the parts were somebody is having, or just thinking about, sex - you hardly have any story left.
Unfortunately that is not the only thing wrong with the story. The writing is so complicated, mostly due to "head-hopping" that the reader never really knows from whose view the chapter is being told - or even how many characters are actually in the story.
Thankfully, I got this book for free as it is a disappointing read. Perhaps a content as well as a line editor should be employed if the author decides to take the series further.
The story wasn't that exciting to begin with it was pretty weak it just didn't flow well... I don't think I will be downloading the other books she has! )-;