Firstly, who edited this book? I love multiple perspectives when done right, and this wasn’t done right. I shouldn’t flip between characters and have the same information regurgitated with only small pieces of differing information throughout. The Babylon 5 25th anniversary signature shirt reader can actually skip huge chunks of the story and still know exactly what is going on within the story. The only POV character that wasn’t static was Jacob, so that’s the portion of the book that I enjoyed. So that being said, the book’s 700+ pages could have easily been pared down to 200 to 300 pages.
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My second issue with the book is that there was no research done. In all the Babylon 5 25th anniversary signature shirt books there was no research done! I’m not talking about Masters level research; I’m talking about a quick google search. Saying a small island is on a certain side of a landmass when that land is clearly landlocked is a pretty big, huh moment. I didn’t realize the mistake until someone pointed it out because I actually skipped over that part. Also, what does “Russet colored” mean to Meyer? Not all Native Americans are reddish-brown, and again, a quick google search would have confirmed this. I get this is a fantasy novel, but it’s an urban fantasy which means she should’ve had some real-to-life facts. For instance, she pulled in actual vampire lore to flesh out the mythology of her vampires but didn’t note that some of the legends she pulled from had nothing to do with vampires: Supernatural beings, yes, but not vampires. She also tried to add some genetics into the mix, but I kept thinking, “I don’t think that works how you think it does.”