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Book Title: The Barbed Rose|
ISBN 13: 9780373802258
The author of the book: Gail Dayton
Date of issue: February 21st 2006
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ORIGINAL READ: 10/10 (17 July 2006 - 20 July 2006)
I really enjoyed this. I had throughly enjoyed the first book in the series, The Compass Rose and was looking forward to this one, atlhough I didn't have time to read it for a lot longer than I would have liked. This series uses the group marriage as the fundamental family basis of its society and Dayton does it beautifully, weavimg it into the story without using it as a shock tactic. Kallista and her ever-growing illian have problems, issues and lots of love which makes them a powerful force to do the job Kallista has been given by the One God. This book is the middle in a trilogy (as far as I am aware) and it does show. This is a book about consolidation - Kallista and her illian learn some important lessons (being far apart weakens the whole greatly while having everyone together creates something greater than the sum of its parts) and learn to weave their individual personalities together into a functioning whole. It seems that the god-marked are all together by the end of the book and they now need to make themselves ready for whatever happens in the next book. It'll be out next year and I'm already looking forward to it. This series really works for me. The group family - and yes some group sex - works beautifully. It's not over- or under-emphasised but simply is as part of the world and the tale being told. It was nice to see the the logistics of fitting eight adults (at the point of the book this scene occurred) into the same bed without people falling out or getting elbows in their ribs is not a simple thing.
[Copied across from Library Thing; 25 September 2012]
REREAD #1: 7/10 (7 Jan 2010 - 10 January 2010)
After rereading and really enjoying The Compass Rose, I moved straight along to the second book in the series.
I'll admit straight up that I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first. It's a good read and the plot moves along very nicely, but I thought the interpersonal relationships of the main characters just got a bit too messy for me. I'm perfectly happy with Dayton's group marriage concept of an ilian that is a main part of the story (it's something that certainly wouldn't suit me in real life, but it works well as it is played out in these books). But it all got just a little too complicated.
Or maybe it's more that I didn't like Merinda, who managed to get herself added to the ilian and then went on to cause all sorts of problems. She was quite a realistic character in that she saw something she thought she really wanted, pulled strings and manipulated to get it and then found that it wasn't anything like what she had imagined after all. I guess many of us have done or seen something similar in our lives. So I could understand her, but I didn't like her. The others all had good and solid reasons for joining the ilian, for following Kallista and for, when called upon, opening themselves up to the call of the One. Merinda didn't. Everything was about her and because of that she totally messed up the balance of the ilian. Then it gets further changed at the end, and while I liked that part more, it still left me finished the book with a real sense of a lack of balance.
Of course, this is book 2 in a trilogy. These are the books that have a tendency to finish in a bad or difficult place, leaving everything to be worked out in the final book. Because I already knew that the last book, The Eternal Rose takes place six years later, even thought I'd read this book before, I still found myself expecting it to finish in a more settled place than it did.
(And now that I've started The Eternal Rose I find that in fact, that six years works well, but yes things have remained unbalanced all that time even if the characters have quite realised it. It's only now they are progressing towards a proper conclusion. All they had in that time was a breathing space.)
This is a good, solid book. The plot progresses well, the characters remain a pleasure to read and it moves us on towards the last book and the end of the story. But it certainly isn't a book for reading on its own. It works well in between the other two books, but it needs them to be complete.
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Read information about the authorI've been a fan of fantasy, science fiction, fairy tales and other "books of wonder" since I was young enough, I still thought kissing was icky. Then I grew up and decided I liked a strong dose of romance in the mix.
I live on the Texas coast with my fella of 30-plus years, our youngest son (who should be graduating college this semester) and the granddog Dolly, a princess wussy pitbull mix who lets the cockapoo down the street beat her up.
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