Christine Feehan writes four series that I love. The Sisters of the Heart series is definitely my favourite of those. I was super excited for the release of Earth Bound, book four in a series of six. Feehan writes books in such a way as they can be read as stand-a-lones, but you definitely get more out of them by reading in order.
After escaping from a cult, Lexi found refuge with her sisters on the farm that more than sustained her body—it nurtured her soul as well. But she never forgot the terror she left behind or the always present fear that the cult would find her again, and claim her. Then her nightmare came true.
Lexi was discovered and threatened—only to be suddenly saved by a stranger. He is Gavriil Prakenskii, and he’s awestruck by the woman he’s rescued. She is destined for him. He can feel it in his soul. But how can Lexi find happiness with a man steeped in secrets and shadows, one intimately acquainted with violence, and whose very love could be the death of them?
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Earth Bound finally had one of the key moments that I have been waiting for since this series began! Hallelujah!
The brothers have finally started interacting! I wish we had seen even more between Stefan, Gavriil, Levi and Max, but you take what you can get. This was more interaction than we have gotten in the past, and finally, Ilya made his reappearance into the series! We haven’t seen him since Hidden Currents in the Drake series so I was beyond thankful that he is back.
One thing that sort of bothered me during my read.
It seemed a little weird to me that Gavriil was depicted as this guy who was scary and deadly, even to his brothers. They mentioned that even though Gavriil is still recovering from injuries through the whole book, he could kill them with his pinky finger without breaking a sweat. If you know the series, you know that these guys are all superbad A’s who were raised since childhood in a secret Russian government institution to become assassins. They’re pretty deadly. And Ilya got caught in his house, on his home turf, by his older brother. I don’t really buy that.
The author’s position was that all the brothers were taken from their family and put into the school at the same time. Ilya, being the youngest, was a toddler at the time and Gavriil, the second oldest of seven children, was about 12. So Gavriil may have been operating in the real-world environment for longer but Ilya was literally raised in it from his earliest memories and he is in his late 20s or early 30s now, so he also has a lot of real world experience. It makes it seem really weird to me that Gavriil and the oldest would be so much more dangerous. To me, the brothers should be about equal in skills and the youngest the most ruthless, since he doesn’t have happy childhood memories to ground himself with and understand everyday life.
Despite my tangent, I really did like the book and the increased interaction between the brothers though! It was nice to also see the characters interacting with the kids from Air Bound. I really liked that this book took place pretty much entirely in Sea Haven. Air Bound did not and it felt like that book existed in a bit of a bubble.
I like the romantic story between Gavriil and Lexi. They are such a good team and the author takes enough time for both characters to develop a friendship together before throwing them into the bedroom, which is important given Lexi’s past.
I debated quite a bit between giving Earth Bound four or five stars. I ended up giving it five, because my problem with the book wasn’t really with the plot or characters, so much as the writer and editor. Unfortunately, I’ve noticed an alarming trend the last year or two of these professionals making stupid, stupid mistakes, in series especially.
In a scene with a lot of characters, they’ll refer to “Jones” and his uncle when they actually mean “Kyle” and his uncle because Jones doesn’t have an uncle, he’s there with this brother-in-law. Or another time when a house magically gained two bedrooms, because the author either forgot they’d already mentioned the number or forgot the number.
This stuff makes me sooooo mad. It is a huge pet peeve of mine. If I am the reader and I catch it on my first read, than you should absolutely know your story and characters well enough to not make these mistakes. Clearly, the author/editor and whoever else is relevant is not carefully re-reading the book before submitting it for publication, and that is your job.
So in the end of Earth Bound, they are taking about the new baby who was born in the previous book in the series and multiple times use the words “daughter”, “she”, etc. Well, last book it was “son”, “he”. This isn’t a simple typo where the letter s was accidentally added to “he”, someone forgot the gender of this new child. And because it was the very end of the book, it soured my opinion of the story which really had been great up until then.
I went and checked out the author’s website and a lot of other readers also noticed this mistake. Ms. Feehan clarified that yes the child is male, and it was a mistake that she didn’t catch in Earth Bound. Mistakes happen, so I am still giving this book the five stars. But this author had another huge mistake of a similar nature in another recently released book and so have multiple other authors I’ve read recently, both indie published and traditionally published.
Can we just have a more professional calibre in the publishing world please?!!! But maybe that is another post.
Postscript: The next book in the series is called Fire Bound and will be released in 2016. It is the second to last book for this series and I just heard that both Casimir and Viktor Prakenskii will show up in it. I find that very reinvigorating 🙂
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