My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ah, Book 7 in The Black Swan Sage, Solomon’s Sieve is a return to the glorious writing and style that made me like Victoria Danann so much. Events from the last book seem totally forgotten and we are back in the drama of our Black Knights and their troubles and foibles.
This seems to be the end of the saga though I was left hanging. The major plot of the story, the main plot of the reason for the Knights – eradiation or cure of vampire – sorta got lost in the unfolding romance of Book 7. The “trouble” the Knights are sent to deal with, a large recall of knights back to the Jefferson Unit (where the knights are housed and trained) went by the wayside as we have yet another romance between a knight and a young woman. It goes much as the others, love at first sight, lots of sex and a happy resolution.
The other plot of the story is much more intriguing, that of the new Sovereign and the newly almost married now grieving Farnsworth, the Operations/Secretary.
Despite the tale being one that is predictable in the outcomes, the way to the end is peppered with some delicious laugh-out-loud moments, and some very dynamic interactions. I credit Danann with her amazing dialogue and her ability to give her characters a sense of life that is rarely felt in most Indie authors, and does in fact impress as if you were reading a very established famous author. Danann is masterful at scene description and the fluid way her tales moves from person to location.
Additionally, Danann’s writing style continues to flow like a swift flowing river that is a ride not to be missed. It is very enjoyable and enviable. Her style is engaging and you can’t help but be immersed.
Though I continue to dislike Danann’s lack of book formatting and wish she gave as much attention to her print set up (because it would give the same “elegance and class” as her writing carries), the book was a book (not a novella) and I was once again happy in the length. But I do not like the binding, for it is weak and does not like readers, beginning to separate before I finished the novel.
All in all, this seems to be the last in the series of the print volumes. The plot was not actually resolved, as far as I can tell, so maybe there will be more. I hope so. I have enjoyed the ride.
Just remember the rule of the order, (I love this): “The plural of vampire is vampire.”