Dyre: A Knight of Spirit and Shadows (Dyre Series #2) by Rachel E. Bailey

Dyre: A Knight of Spirit and Shadows - Rachel E. Bailey

Ruby the new Dyre of North America, has been kidnapped – and only Des and Thierry, the people who love her, can try and get her back

 

She’s been taken to Europe, and must choose between a possible escape from the legacy she never asked for – or loyalty to the new family and people she has found.

 

 

 

I do feel like this book pulled out of a lot of woo-woo all of a sudden without a whole lot of weight or depth behind it. And since that woo-woo was convenient for the plot it felt a little flat to me. Like “how will I find Ruby?!” “Oh I’m psychic now! That’s conveniently useful!”

 

No, it’s not that convolutedly written, not at all. But it doesn’t change the convenience of it – a convenience that is often repeated. The characters don’t know what to do? That’s ok, a dead person is going to haunt them and give them step by step instructions on how to solve this problem. And it works. It also introduces more supernatural woo-woo that everyone just kind of swallows and it all works wonderfully with minimal difficulties. It’s just so easy. It just has all the answers spoon-fed to them by some convenient woo-woo

 

This is exacerbated by them not even exploring the supernatural woo-woo being handed to them. Like the idea that geas-bound have woo-woo… ok can we explore that? Why? What goes into the process? Where does the power come from? What’s the history here? Or the fact that every time Des has a vision she also bleeds from her ears and nose! Every time she has a vision she has a cranial bleed! She is literally having grand mal seizures, she is having strokes. She is literally asking people to punch her unconscious to help Rose through visions! What Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance book doesn’t LEAP on the angst potential of this! She’s risking death and brain damage for the sake of the woman she loves! Where’s the angst? Where’s the wailing? Where’s the guilt and martyrdom and nobility and overwrought emotions?! How can this just be a thing? Or there’s the supernatural afterlife that is revealed. How can the tangible proof of their afterlife not be powerful and world changing and immense?


But even after the fighting no-one seems willing to investigate the vast implications that has just happened? They just have sex and try to avoid Interpol (who is involved… why? I mean they’re suspected of murder in Greece? Does Greece not have police? The police of the world isn’t split between US police and Interpol). There’s no examination of what they’ve been through

 

This shallowness just keeps happening. Take the big bad guy – willing to kidnap, possibly start a war, rape and murder to take over the American Packs… for… what? Because they don’t follow the same traditions? Evelyn is willing to tolerate her father’s own murder and the kidnap and rape of a woman she obviously respects and is disturbed by – for… what? I mean they’re living by the traditions they value so much, there’s no indication of the US traditions spreading, there’s no talk of pro-democracy rallies or uprisings spreading to Europe. No indication of the wrath-of-woo-woo or any reason why the Dyre of Europe should give even the slightest shit about what happens across the Atlantic? I’m not saying there’s no way he would care – but explain! Explain to me why this matters? Explain to me why there’s no political ramifications over him effectively launching a coup against another territory? We’ve been told about several African Dyres and the Dyre of South America… explore this! Explore the consequences of this, the politics of this, the world building of this!?

 

 

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Source: http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/07/dyre-knight-of-spirit-and-shadows-dyre.html