Rating: ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆
Date Read: July 25 to August 8, 2014
Read Count: 1
Recommended for: fans of Curran (obviously)
The short stories included in this collection are chronological from Magic Bites (#1) to Magic Bleeds (#4). Each scene has a short subtitle describing the event taking place, so as to let you avoid spoilers.
The overall impression I got is too much telling and not enough showing, which is characteristic of Curran’s lion-king personality. ‘Tis the nature of the beast (ha ha). To me though, the writing or rather the world seen through Curran’s eyes isn’t as interesting or nuanced or unpredictable as Kate’s, but what is interesting is seeing “behind the scenes”power struggles unfolding at the Keep, which Kate isn’t privy to. I’d been hoping there would be more stories about life at the Keep, instead many of the stories are about how Curran sees Kate.
I picked up this collection to get a better understanding of the Beast Lord of Atlanta, and while I did get to see another side of him, I also got to see that he truly is full of himself, no surprise there. The first couple of stories really demonstrate the breadth of his ego. However, as far as possessive and insufferable urban fantasy love interests go, he isn’t the worst since he is the way he is because of duty, responsibility, and expectations, and that makes him more sympathetic, I think.