Prompted by freyalorelei
's helpful link to the cover of Mistral's Kiss
. I don't think any of this is strikingly original, but it's been bugging the hell out of me.
I feel that this is the appropriate time to mention how completely turned off I am that the next book apparently centers around Mistral. I was left completely cold by the character. Actually, that's not true - when I read the line "Are you ready to ride the storm?" I had to throw the book across the room and call my best friend and make gagging noises.
And is anyone else seeing a trend here?
Whether she wants to or not, Anita has to fuck a bunch of different guys. Because of the ardeur
Whether she wants to or not, Merry has to fuck a bunch of different guys. Because she has to get pregnant!
Anita starts off with a finite group of men. Then there's a man!splosion.
Merry starts off with a finite group of men. Then there's a man!splosion.
A central arc of the ABVH for the first eight or nine books was the Jean Claude-Anita-Richard triangle. Then Micah swoops in from, like wereleopard Guam or something and blows the well-established dynamic to hell.
A central arc of MG has been the Doyle-Merry-Frost triangle. Now, apparently, Mistral swoops in from god knows where, judging by the events of the last book and the title of the next book, screws up the established dynamic.
It was obvious from the get-go that Merry and Anita were whompingly similar, but this is just getting riduculous. It's like she's not even writing two different series any more. And since she's taking them both in the same, bad direction, this isn't a good thing. I mean, it's so similar that both her deu sex machinas names both start with M. And who wants to bet that Mistral turns out to be the one that completes Merry and doesn't threaten her dominance and is her perfect yes-man?
I certainly think authors should feel free to take their characters in new and unexpected directions, but I think that's been one of my biggest problems with accepting Micah. When you've invested, like, nine books in "Richard or Jean Claude??" it's a little hard to let that go in the space of fifty or so pages. It'd be like if Felicity had decided in S4 to ditch Noel and
Ben and hook up with the Chinese delivery guy.
So yeah. Thus far, not wild about Mistral's Kiss