250px-Hand_of_FireWell this was a rather pointless trilogy.

I get it when companions, friends, and one or two of the main characters die in a story.  Sometimes it makes sense, and while it’s always sad a part of you can always accept it and move on.

But to kill off the one character that the entire series is based on, while she’s pregnant? Nope. Too much.  Does not compute.

Yeah so huge spoilers there, but it had to be said.  I mean, that ending made this whole series pointless. Especially after slogging through how many pages of one drawn out battle scene on a caravan road with brief breaks to see what other characters are doing and moving on?  Not to mention throwing in new, random nemesis to battle with characters we’ve already met and be defeated almost right away.

Seriously, this one book covered maybe five days.  How many pages/chapters do you need to say ‘they were attacked, suffered losses, and moved on.”

And the fact that at the end of the lsat book it was revealed that she was pregnant, and in this one there was no mention of the babe, of of her losing it or bearing it in secret to be raised in safety by someone else like she was.  So for all intents and purposes Shandril kills not only herself but her unborn child as well as far as we’re concerned.

I have a lot of love for Ed Greenwood, he is the creator of the Realms after all, but sometimes I just cannot stand his writing…

Just…moving on…and we’re going to take a break for something completely different, something I swore I would never do.  Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James is next….dear god…

darkerDaunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.