Disenchanted & Co., Part 2: His Lordship Possessed
Source: eARC via Edelweiss
Series: Disenchanted & Co., Part 2
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Remember how I was intrigued by the first part of DISENCHANTED & CO.? Well, that’s gone now. This second part of the story, HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED, really wasn’t for me. All of the promise I found in HER LADYSHIP’S CURSE gets tossed aside as Part 2 progresses and, by the end of it, I was quite disappointed.
HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED introduces some new mythology, adding in new beings on top of the magic that already exists. These beings are key to the plotline of HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED and I felt like it came a bit from left field. There was nothing inherently wrong with the introduction of these new ideas and characters because it does help to explain some of the magic in the world and some of the peculiarities about Kit, but it felt like it was thrown in there because the author couldn’t come up with a better explanation for Kit’s spell-breaking abilities. I did like how it grew the world but I also felt it took HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED down an ultra dramatic path that I wasn’t expecting (which is okay) but also didn’t feel connected to (which is not so okay). And it wasn’t a question of not remembering the tone or events of Her Ladyship’s Curse since I re-read it immediately before starting HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED, just so that I could have everything fresh in my mind.
I also had some issue with the ending. I can’t really discuss it here since the book isn’t even out yet but I will say that it took away from some of the gravitas earlier in the story and made HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED less impactful for me.
Despite that, there is some good in the story. Kit’s friends continue to shine and I liked them even more this go around. Tom Doyle was particularly endearing (and you’ll see why early on in HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED) and there are some great scenes between Kit and Rina. There are also some lovely interactions between Kit and Dredmore. And I have to say, I liked him much more in HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED than I did in HER LADYSHIP’S CURSE. He’s not a perfect hero but he definitely redeemed himself in my eyes in HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED, which was great.
On the whole, I wouldn’t recommend this one. There are some much more positive reviews out there and I would encourage you to read them if you’re considering this book, but I will say that DISENCHANTED & CO. didn’t work for me, not because of the split format (which I was a little worried about, and which will be resolved when the novel is released in print anyways) but because I had some problems with the plot and writing style. If you’re a fan of Lynn Viehl, this is probably a great story for you but, in the end, it didn’t work out so well for me.