Daughter of Hades: Book 1 of the Love & Peace Series: Great story! (but contradictory)
This is a well-researched swashbuckling historical novel in the tradition of Rafael Sabatini. There is beautiful writing here, articulate and evocative, but there are also talk-to-text errors and malapropisms. (An example would be using ‘betrayed’ when what is meant is ‘belie’.) Thus, the book could use a good editing.So we are expected to feel sympathy for pirates. Well, why not? Pirates are people, too. And many of those in the book feel themselves to be oppressed. But aren’t merchants also people? And people living in island towns who aren’t evil planters? To get to a happy ending here, an awful lot of innocent people have to die, so that two sweet lovers can have a happy reunion…Speaking of lovers…My feeling is that even beautifully-written graphic sexual passages interrupt the story by sending the reader in places the reader might not want to go.Plus, good sex isn’t that easy. You can only get such blissful descriptions by ignoring the bad moments and forgetting the funny parts. so that’s not exactly honest.And each person needs to know each other really well. Which these two hardly doSex deserves the reticence of reverence. Thus it has more power.(On the other hand, I’m glad that one of my favorite characters didn’t die.)Oddly, there is a subtle glamour of nobility and royalty, which doesn’t accord well with the desire for equality. Wonderful fun in a story, however. And always popular. I wonder why?Somehow it’s obvious that there is no God, but equally indifferent and equally invisible godlings DO exist? At least the old French priest is a nice guy, a refreshing change from how priests are usually portrayed these days.So… a mixed bag. You can read it for the adventure or skip it for the graphic passages. It’s Plus, good sex isn’t that easy. You can only get such a blissful description by ignoring the bad moments and the funny parts. so that’s not exactly honest.And each person needs to know each other really well. Which these two hardly doSex deserves the reticence of reverence. Thus it has more power.So a mixed bag. you can read it for the adventure and skip the graphic stuff or vice versa. Philosophically, it’s not offensive to Christians/Jews/Muslims but undermines some basic Christian tenets. Don’t learn your vocabulary from this book, however, because it’s 95% great and then suddenly Bam!