I gotta say… that was an incredible ride!
I just finished Into The Wind by Shira Anthony, and MAN! Was that a good run! I don’t know if I liked it better than the first one or not (since the first one still rocks my world like you don’t even understand), but I will certainly say this: I have me a new favorite character!!
HOLY BUCKETS MAN!
I was not expecting to love him as much as I do — BUT I DO!
Also, I have a new-found respect and admiration for the cover of this book which I criticized previously as being far less than attractive than the first. Upon having finished the book, I can now say with utter confidence that this cover SUITS THIS BOOK BETTER THAN I COULD HAVE IMAGINED.
It suits the mood and the new (and old) characters who played such active and intricate roles in the book. Not to mention, the Ea pictured on the cover is actually someone COMPLETELY different from who I originally thought it to be.
WHICH IS A GOOD THING.
AND, OH CRUEL AND MERCILESS GODS, THAT ENDING!
But back to Odhrán. XD
Oh Odhrán… :<
His character was so… familiar. In a sense. He reminded me of one of my own characters. My closest and most dearest friend, in fact. That loneliness and aloofness and sort of vicarious living through those around him. Living solely as an observer rather than an actual participant. He was a very believable character and poignant in everything he did. He literally made the whole book for me.
I loved his interaction with Taren best of all, but I also loved how he dealt with… well… practically EVERYONE ELSE he met, too! XD But especially Taren. I felt like that could be the start of something healing for them both. And freeing, too. I also found Taren’s character development to be refreshing and spot-on, and sticking fully to character in perfect relation to what was happening around him.
The pacing of the book was really well done as well, and I’m glad for the time focused on Taren’s (and eventually Odhrán’s) development instead of the single-minded and insidious Ea politics fucking everyone over since Book 1.
The only thing I really didn’t like much was… Ian.
That’s right. I said it.
Ian was not a favorite of mine in this book — AT ALL. It might be because he didn’t get as much airtime as the other main characters (y’know, him being one and all…), although even with the airtime he did get he still managed to irritate me to no end.
I dunno. It might just be me.
Regardless, he still fell short of the otherwise incredible storytelling of one Shira Anthony. It may have been because Owyn (his counterpart) is such a compelling character and — at least to me — Ian just can’t compete… or maybe because Ian is so controlled by his own fears and insecurities that his character development took something of a back burner for him in this latest installment of the Ea tales.
Once again… I dunno. And won’t waste time to dwell on it much further than that.
But it still stands to reason that he — sadly — was my least favorite character in this book. Even moreso than the bad guys! (HEY! Don’t look at me like that! At least the bad guys were playing their part as need be. You can’t hate a character for being good at being bad!)
My hope is that with the next book (which I SO hope I won’t have to wait too long to read) Ian will get the character overhaul he needs (and DESERVES since I really do like him, just not in this book).
Lastly… I will end off with a final cryptic message of elation :
That is all.
Would You Recommend This Title? HELL TO THE FUCKIN’ YEAH MAN!
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5