I actually picked up this volume several years ago, but always had other books I wanted to read first. What resulted is a long delay in getting to a book that had already been out for a while. I’m not going to say I didn’t like the books. On the contrary, there were parts I was so invested in that I didn’t want to be disturbed. However, there are several things about the books that bothered me.
I didn’t much care for the writing style. The story was constantly jumping from character to character, from dreamscape to real world, and from century to century. It just made it hard to follow the story arc. I also didn’t see the point of having a character’s point of view for a page and a half with absolutely no progression of the plot other than they are watching someone else. It felt pointless and actually disruptive. When I read a story, I want to follow the story, not get lost in some dream and when I’m done be left thinking, “and the point of that was?”
In the first part of the volume, book one “Witch,” I actually liked some of the characters, and I found most of my vested interest was in the first book. However, by the second book, “Curse,” the characters start morphing into completely unlikeable beings. Holly’s progression as a character of light to something a bit twisted just made me not like her at all as she blurred lines that shouldn’t be crossed near the end.
I guess my biggest issue with the series thus far is that there was just a great deal of “pointless” things that didn’t advance the story and only muddled what would have been a clear and beautiful work of writing.
I have the second volume with books three and four. It may be sitting on my shelf a bit longer. My only curiosity left for this series is if any of these characters will find redemption.