Monday, 29 January 2018

Aaspa’s Eyes by Jane Jago

The story itself was entertaining. Angels, demons, vampires and a variety of other species appear at different points in the book.

The main characters, Aaspa and Aascko, are hunters and mates who seemed to do as much populating of their nest with various waifs and strays as they did hunting.
They were well fleshed out and I liked the different sides of them – the ruthless hunter, the gentle parent and the loving partner.

The world building was minimal, and the book, in general, was lacking in description. Apart from the fact that hunters have wings and crests, I have no idea what they look like. My imagination could fill in on some of the other characters, such as Owl and Small Cat. Then there are the drones a type of servant whom I thought at first were possibly mechanical, until I discovered they could eat and drink!!

Adding to my confusion is the fact that Aaspa and Aascko weren’t the only characters whose names began with Aa, there were a lot, and I struggled to remember who was who. Having to go back and figure that out pulled me from the story, which would otherwise have been well-paced.

*not for under 18’s due to a few ‘unnecessary’ explicit sex scenes.


Synopsis:

If Aaspa was human, having blue eyes wouldn’t matter. But she isn’t, so it does. And when she finds out how she came by the colour it rocks the foundations of her world. Can she emerge from the web of spite and rumour with her head held high? Or will her enemies manage to use the secret to lever her over the edge into insanity?




The Author:

Jane Jago lives in the beautiful Westcountry with her large dog and her favourite husband (yes, he’s large too).

She spent half her working life cooking, and the other half editing other people’s manuscripts. Both these occupations seemed to take up a large proportion of her waking moments, leaving little or no time for the stories that filled her imagination.

But time moves on and it became possible to squeeze out the odd hour here and there to get some words onto ‘paper’. The Long Game took nearly two years to write, principally because the characters kept doing unexpected things requiring rewrite after rewrite.

Since then, Jane has learned that the story as it begins in her head is unlikely to bear very much resemblance to the finished book.

Equally, she has learned to enjoy the journey, as her characters take her to places she never knew existed while they play out their lives on the page in front of her.



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