05 June 2012

Talulla Rising; Glen Duncan

Talulla RisingTalulla Rising by Glen Duncan
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book had such promise: a world where vampires hunt (or is that breed) werewolfs (or werwulfs) and other oddities.  The problem is the writing.  I know this is a sequel, and perhaps that's the problem (I haven't read the first book).  On the other hand, it could also be the writing style.

Here's what I mean: far too much is alluded to in one place, with bits and pieces of explanation leaking out in a sort-of "nyah nyah I know what's going on and you don't" manner.  Take Talulla's nightmares as an example.  She mentions that there are three of them and even talks about two.  Then there's a strong hint about the third.  And later, another hint.  Later still, another.  Finally we get to know what the third nightmare is, but by then I didn't really care.

I like books that stand alone, which this does.  But by a quarter of the way through, I hadn't been made to care about the situation or the characters, and the hints and circular writing didn't help.

ARC provided by publisher.

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