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Refuge of Delayed Souls Vol II – Billy by Miladysa

 

Now merged into Refuge of Delayed Souls.


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Listed: Mar 1, 2010

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By Linda Schoales, editor

Feb 28, 2010: Sequel to "Refuge of Delayed Souls", a popular, complex novel spanning generations. You should probably read that novel first to appreciate the second volume.

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Jul 1, 2010: Having read and reviewed book one of this series, I want to get my one complaint out of the way for both books that I’ve read so far. I don’t think miladysa should have divided this series into books. The endings of the first two books aren’t really great places to end a book, in my opinion. However, those same parts work within the context of the series, and if they weren’t "endings," they be fine episodes on their own.

With that very minor quibble out of the way, let me say that Book II: Billy is every bit as solidly written as the first book. The story pulls the reader along through time in strange ways, but every angle is compelling without distracting from the core plot. This time out the story focuses on a barguest and some missing property.

In the side plots, we learn more about Elizabeth and her grandfather, among others. If there’s anyone who hasn’t had a chance to develop much yet as a character, it’s Gemma. But there are clues left to help explain why there’s animosity between her and Elizabeth. I have a theory that Gemma’s bravado and flirting are fronts to deal with her insecurities over being part fey, but I suspect I may have to wait until Book III to find out more. (I hope there’s more on Gemma too. She’s an interesting character,)

Overall, I found the story vividly described with a good balance of descriptions, dialogue, and action. I give Billy 4 stars, and I’d recommend it to fans of dark fantasy or paranormal thrillers

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