Having dipped into the mixed-genre books that seem to be sweeping the market recently, I have to say that in comparison to the truly skilled authors, Eve Silver has fallen flat on her face on this one. I'm saddened by this, as she has the ability, I think, to do much better. What she needs is an honest editor!
. Ms. Silver alternates pornographic (mostly graphic) scenes with her magical scenes. There is no blending, no integration of anything. It's up (pardon my expression), down (again, pardon me), and gone in a puff of smoke all too soon -- all too personally. Delicate filaments of light magic cannot heal this alleged story from the chopping and patching that had to have been done to bring it to this state.
. Another problem is that while Ms. Silver definately skipped on research, she also skipped on polishing her style. Everything is in italics, which bugged me, and words are used incorrectly in various places, mostly 'hybrid'. A visit to Dictionary.com would have let her see that making up a word would have made a lot more sense. She seems to talk down to the reader with such careless inattention to detail, which I abhor.
. As an honest reader, I can't offer any flags for this book. I would have to call it unedited, and therefore unfinished.
. Best of luck in the future, Ms. Silver. You have the right idea. Now apply a little honest sweat -- and change the sheets while you're at it.
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