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Unclean Spirits MP3 CD – Unabridged, 26 July 2016
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance; Unabridged edition (26 July 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1522686754
- ISBN-13 : 978-1522686750
- Dimensions : 16.51 x 1.59 x 13.97 cm
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J'ai acheté la série donc je la lirai mais le premier tome est d'une longueur... Lisez plutôt Jennifer Estep si vous ne voulez pas vous ennuyer. Le tome 2 est un peu moins pénible mais il faudra au moins 6 tomes pour commencer à y trouver de l'intérêt à ce rythme là.
In a world where magic walks and demons ride, you can't always play by the rules.
Jayné Heller thinks of herself as a realist, until she discovers reality isn't quite what she thought it was. When her uncle Eric is murdered, Jayné travels to Denver to settle his estate, only to learn that it's all hers -- and vaster than she ever imagined. And along with properties across the world and an inexhaustible fortune, Eric left her a legacy of a different kind: his unfinished business with a cabal of wizards known as the Invisible College.
Led by the ruthless Randolph Coin, the Invisible College harnesses demon spirits for their own ends of power and domination. Jayné finds it difficult to believe magic and demons can even exist, let alone be responsible for the death of her uncle. But Coin sees Eric's heir as a threat to be eliminated by any means -- magical or mundane -- so Jayné had better start believing in something to save her own life.
Aided in her mission by a group of unlikely companions -- Aubrey, Eric's devastatingly attractive assistant; Ex, a former Jesuit with a lethal agenda; Midian, a two-hundred-year-old man who claims to be under a curse from Randolph Coin himself; and Chogyi Jake, a self-styled Buddhist with mystical abilities -- Jayné finds that her new reality is not only unexpected, but often unexplainable. And if she hopes to survive, she'll have to learn the new rules fast -- or break them completely....
This is a first book in a series, if I ever saw one: the solidly well-built world is introduced, the concept of Riders from another plane of existence that take over unsuspecting humans and push their soul out while being at it. The preface describes Jayné's uncle getting killed by the clandestine Invisible College and this is where is the story and the series start: Janyé realizes that she inherited a lot, his money she hadn't known about, as well as his job as the Invisible College's prime enemy. So she gets all the money and properities and starts planning the revenge of her uncle's murder. The problems start as soon, as the plans are laid out, mainly because there is an unfortunate lack of knowledge in Jayné's band of "avengers". So there are a lot of close calls and a constant underlaying sense of impending doom, the outlook is rather bleak. And with all the reader gets to know, it is to be expected that Jayné and her group won't get out on top of it all.
And if I say that this is a very typical start of a series [as opposed to a standalone novel], I mean that there is a lot to take in, a lot to understand and doing that being in Jayné's rather clueless head. Don't get me wrong, I like her as a character and I think she behaves rather "normal" as a recent college drop-out who is thrown into a life she cannot fathom, but at the same time has to try. So on the one hand, she felt real to me and I could relate to her on many occasions. But then I couldn't really connect to her, because I get a lot of hints about her deeply religious father, her friends she lost, her obvious being different and having fighting and other abilities she had no idea about having - and I'm really really interested in getting to know more about her, you know, have some anchoring point to connect to. But I didn't get them. Having finished the book, I still have no idea who Jayné is, how things happened with her family, why she dropped out of college, and most important, what is the secret about her abilities. No idea. I was really interested to get to know, why the series is called "Black Sun's Daughter" and still don't. And I think that this, combined with the missing background of her uncle's life, or that of her associates, the biggest weakness of the book.
So don't get me wrong: the premises as well as what I know about the characters, are as well thought out, as the world builing is. And I still want to know, why this is the series about "The Black Sun's Daughter". So I think that the series is going to improve with the next installments and I'm interested enough to uncover all I still don't know by reading on the next book "Darker Angels".
Die Story ist zwar zeitweilig sehr zäh, aber alles in allem gibt es einen klaren Plot, der in einem Finale endet und nicht in einem Cliffhanger. Was also hat mir nicht gefallen? Dabei kommt man immer wieder auf die Heldin zu sprechen. Diese hat die obligatorische Schwere Vergangenheit. Der Vater war so religiös und verbietend. Sie hat das College abgebrochen. Der Freund hat mit ihr Schlussgemacht. Ihre Collegefreunde haben ein Leben obwohl sie nicht mehr da ist. Entsprechend verbringt Jayne dann auch viel Zeit damit sich leid zu tun und allen zu versichern, dass sie sich nicht Leid tut. Auch wenn ich beim besten Willen nicht verstehe, was genau denn jetzt soooo hart an ihrem Leben war. Klar, religiös-fanatische Eltern sind sicher nie ein Spaß. Dennoch würde ich von dem Wenigen was man über ihren Vater hört, sagen das Carrie's Mutter nur müde über ihn Lächeln würde. Unklar bleibt warum sie jetzt das College-Abgebrochen hat. Im Laufe des Buches soll offenbar eine Charakterentwicklung von Jayne passieren, die ich aber nicht ganz nachvollziehen kann. Sie betont dann, dass sie sich jetzt gar nicht mehr Leid tut und übernimmt das Kommando. Was doch sehr viel Sinn macht, nicht wahr? Sie ist die Jüngste in der Truppe, sie weiß nichts über "Rider" (Sprich von den Bodysnatchern Besessene), Magie, Waffen (davon kommen natürlich jede Menge vor), Taktik oder sonst irgendetwas relevanten, aber hey - sie ist die Nichte ihres Onkels und als sein Erbe, kann sie das auch ohne all diese lästigen Details. Natürlich betet sie jeder, ins besondere die Männer, die sie treffen an. Das macht es dann irgendwie ein wenig ... gäähn. Rettend ist vielleicht, das die Hintergrundgeschichte noch potenzial hat. Ich werde aber trotzdem nicht weiterlesen.
However, bad style alone would not have sufficed to ruin this book, because the plot as such is not all bad. But. The author succeeds in but one thing, and that would be boring her reader and the only thing that actually kept me from falling asleep was wondering whether the main character was quite alright in the head; it starts with Jayné (whose name is mispronounced countless times throughout the book--bu-huh) wearing her dead uncle's clothes. She continues to have huge issues with killing which then are quickly enough abandoned, there's a sex scene which is also more boring than anything and doesn't fit into the general outline of the plot, I was wondering how much a reader should know about the main character's dirty bras and why almost all the other male charaters were so boring and juvenile and then, thankfully, it was over. Oh yeah, the good guys won, big surprise there...
Really, there isn't much more there. It's about 370 pages and you could have done it in half that... The parts of the plot that were promising were not well enough developed to capture my interest and logical errors kept bothering me. Here a few examples (in no particular order) so that you may be bothered also:
-Professional and super-powerful uncle of main character is offed by just a few bad boys. Huh?
-main character's love interest ends up comatose in hospital and is basically left there like vegetable tends to be left in the fridge. She only thinks about checking up on him a few days later.
-One of the good guys abandons the band of brothers w/out telling anyone to do something chivalrous that completely escaped me. How did the bad guys know about this exactly?
-The neighbors never noticed anything. The cops never noticed anything. Nobody ever noticed nothing. Talk about ignorance and bliss.
-the whole mojo that is introduced in this novel lacks logic and explanation as do the supernatural beings and their world. If it gets any clearer in the second part, I suppose that would be my loss since I really do not feel up to the task to reading a sequel.
-didn't really get the title either.
Another issue that somewhat bothers me is that the main character does not come across as that tough girl the cover makes her out to be. Sorry.
Good urban fantasy is hard to find. If you want something that is so-so and has a lot of heart-warming love in it, I recommend Wonderous Strange by Livingston. For younger readers, Hush, Hush by Fitzpatrick will be appealing (also contains True Love). Unlundun by Mieville is beautiful, even if you are an older reader I think. Neverwhere by Gaiman of course is very much at the top of the list because it comes back to you and/or stays with you. Unclean Spirits, sadly, does not.