Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)
In 1347, a sweeping plague blindsides the people in a Sicilian village. The crisis has varied impacts on three different women, including one woman from another place and time in In the Arms of Immortals by author Ginger Garrett.
First off, when I bought this book earlier this year, I had no idea what time in history I’d be living in when I read it. That’s all I’ll vaguely say about that. But after reading the first supernatural, split timeline/historical novel in the Chronicles of the Scribe series, I knew I wanted to read this second one.
Considering the author and the subject matter, I was prepared for something dark and gritty. Indeed, this novel is one of the darkest I’ve ever read of my own accord. It’s violent. Tragic. Gruesome. Chaotic. In fact, the dramatic, choppy chaos that makes it hard to get a grip on the plot or characters in this book had me toying with the idea of leaving the novel unfinished.
Still, I knew there had to be a point this author would ultimately get at. Because I was reading through the chaos pretty fast, I held on to get to the point of it all.
And I found the point to be a worthy one, regarding a question many people ask in life—a question that I myself tend to leave alone because it’s often the wrong question to ask or to attempt to answer.
Vague again, I know. But if you can handle wading through an inky black ChristFic story to reach a challenging spark of light in the end, you may want to check this one out.
Here’s my review of Book One in the Chronicles of the Scribe series, In the Shadow of Lions.