So we went from almost no driving force (The Dark Divine
) to everything-including-the-kitchen-sink, kamikaze-style plotting in The Savage Grace
. This book still
would have managed to earn a 3.75 - 4.00 rating if someone - anyone
(beta reader, agent, editor, copywriter) - had reigned Ms. Despain in on the completely unnecessary, excessively annoying, time passage/location change alerts (ex. "FIFTEEN MINUTES LATER, OUTSIDE THE PARISH," "TEN SECONDS LATER," "TEN NOT-QUITE-BUT-ALMOST-HYPERVENTILATING BREATHS LATER"). Seriously?!
I know this was done in both preceding novels, but for some reason it really stood out this time 'round as a big red flag the Ms. Despain either isn't confident enough in her own writing abilities or, doesn't think readers are intelligent enough to pick up these clues from the text itself. (As readers have been doing ever since the printing press was invented and mass distribution of reading material made possible).
And while this group of books has been referred to as a "trilogy," the author leaves the door wide open for subsequent sequels during the book's final chapters. Whether she continues with this
series, or moves on to something new, I won't be paying any further attention.