Get it at Amazonfrom our B+ review: It’s no secret that Caz and Dabney are big fans of Bec McMaster’s books, and have both been waiting with bated breath to see what she’d come up with after the finale of her fabulous London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy series. Promise of Darkness - with a romantic storyline loosely based on the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades - is the first book in a new fantasy romance series set in a world ruled over by a group of powerful queens locked in an endless struggle for supremacy and in which the fragile peace between them hangs in the balance. Is it a gem? Here's what they thought. Caz: I admit that when I first opened the book and saw it was written in first person present tense, I was really disappointed. First person storytelling can work for me sometimes, but it’s not something I associate with this author and I was put off. Bec McMaster constructs complex, intricate stories and peoples them with equally complex and intriguing characters and I wasn’t sure how the limited viewpoint would affect that. When I went back to the book, it did take me awhile to get into it, but In the end, she makes it work - and by the third or fourth chapter (with the appearance of the Prince of Evernight!) I was drawn in and ready to go where she wanted to take me. Dabney: Eh. That didn’t put me off - McMaster’s ability to really show us Vi’s inner world enchanted me and allowing the reader to only see Thiago’s actions without knowing his thoughts is, I think, necessary to the story McMaster is telling. I will say I found the complex world-building a lot to take in as I started the book. I kept having to go back and remind myself who was who in her complicated fantasy world. And it is complicated. Ultimately, I love the world she’s wrought but, in the first few chapters, the world and character building slows down the pace of the book.
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