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I enjoyed it quite a bit. Not that it was perfect but my complaints are incredibly minor. Had a little trouble believing the part with General Creek; I would have liked to see more of an interaction with Jessica; Levi kinda got dragged in for no real purpose; but my main issue was the whole ‘is Declan gonna blow a gasket’ storyline that went nowhere at all. I assume that it’s setting up the plot for the next book, but it left me hanging.
Not sure that I liked the part with Gramps getting attacked either.
On the plus side, the whole counterattack against the Vorsook was pretty cool, as well as the way they handled the shock troops on Earth. Makes me wonder if a similar solution could be applied to the Vorsook as a whole, but that would entail all sorts of ethical considerations. I also liked seeing Declan getting schooled by his aunt in spellcraft.
Based on the author’s notes it sounds like he’ll be working on book 18 next, which is great.
I’ve always wanted to revisit the New York Pack, and Brock and Afina. Last we saw, they were confronting Declan and kicking out Stacia and Holly. By now they have to realize that they fucked up, so what repercussions have they seen? Were they letting other problems in the Pack fester, were there any challenges to their leadership, did they ever try apologizing to Declan?
Another idea is going into Lois Jay’s backstory with ORACLE. What is her talent and why did she quit and move over to the FBI?
How about a day in the life of any of the supporting characters that John hasn’t written about yet – Dr. Singh, Deckert, Wade Pitcairn, there are plenty of choices.October 12, 2020 at 3:29 pm in reply to: “The Demon Accords Compendium, Volume 3” Discussion #29524
I thought it was OK, not ground-breaking. Interesting that he’s still bringing in new characters.
The main problem is the difficulty in writing from different points of view and giving each story its own voice. We end up having to identify the narrator from clues in the story rather than they way they talk/think. Not an easy thing to do, but it really shows up in a short story collection like this.
Something similar on Kobo, the Demon Accords books used to be there but now they only have the Zone War trilogy. The books I already purchased are still in my library, but any new readers are out of luck.
What I’ve been doing is buying them on Amazon and using Calibre to convert them to epub. (This also gives me a chance to edit out the typos.)
I’d say it’s not required – there will be a couple of references to events from C.A.E.C.O. but nothing that really impacts the story for Darkkin Queen, at least as far as I remember.
Having said that, I would still suggest reading them in order – I found I enjoyed C.A.E.C.O. a bit better than Darkkin Queen, maybe because I still find Caeco a more sympathetic character than Tanya.
You’ll definitely want to read it before the new Compendium comes out. I have a hunch that some of the characters introduced in C.A.E.C.O. will be making an appearance in the Compendium tales…
Just finished my second read-through, and this time it was easier to ‘hear’ it in Tanya’s voice. Although I noticed that it didn’t change my opinion about Tanya’s character as much as CAECO did for Caeco. In that book we saw Caeco’s character developing, especially through her interactions with her team. In Darkkin Queen Tanya’s less likable characteristics (jealousy and competitiveness) are still there, although the jealousy seems to be tapering off.
Another thing that has been hinted at that we haven’t seen yet is Tanya becoming a spiritual leader for the vampires, showing them that their souls are not lost. That’s likely coming up soon, following the scene with Galina in the chapel. Hopefully that change will affect her, allowing her to shed the more unattractive aspects of her character.
Although I didn’t care for the shift from Chris to Declan in Executable, I’ve since come around to enjoying the books written from his point of view. But I think the change in recent books to focus more and more on Declan and Omega are a direct result of the whole Vorsook storyline. Basically, Declan’s abilities are much more effective against the Vorsook than Chris’. That makes Declan their Big Gun and puts Chris in more of a support role.
Of course, if the demons come back into play, that would change the dynamic. One thing that sticks in my mind is how both the demon prince and the Summer Queen referred to the Vorsook as the Ancient Enemy. Does that mean there could be some sort of human-elf-demon alliance somewhere in our future? That would be something to see.
I always took it in stride as being instinctual for both the vampires and weres, although it may be taken to the extreme with both Tanya and Stacia. But you could argue in Tanya’s case her extreme jealousy is part of her being a born vampire, that all her vampire abilities and instincts are turned up to eleven. Stacia could also be an extreme case due to the virus bonding with her so well.
In any event, both Chris and Dylan seem to handle it well, Chris through his bond with Tanya and Dylan through his familiarity with werewolf reactions that he learned at Arcane.
Around 24:20 of Part 1 of the interview.
In the interview just posted (see blog) Mr. Conroe said Darkkin Queen is coming along nicely and he might (I emphasize the word MIGHT) have it finished as early as the end of May. Luckily publication won’t be held up waiting for the audiobook to be ready, which is a relief.
Yes, despite the assistance Mr. Conroe has with editors and proofreaders, some mistakes will still make it through to the final version. However, the incidence has dropped off sharply in the last few years, so I try to focus more on the story than the “nuts and bolts” of the text. Although to save my sanity for subsequent readings I use Calibre to correct any errors I happen to find.
And to illustrate just how tough it can be to produce error-free writing, I noticed at least three typos in your relatively brief post. And I had to fix two mistakes in mine. 🙂
From discussion on Mr. Conroe’s Facebook page, the consensus was that Winter 2020 referred to the start of the year, i.e. somewhere in the January to March period. The new series would then follow later in the year.
Haha, no one else on the team would ever be able to complain about their in-laws ever again. Not even Chris. 🙂
I’d like to see a story about the growth of Declan and Stacia’s little pack. They have Holly, and now the guy who got bitten in Rogues (Devaney?)
Does Declan act as an Alpha, how involved is he in the running of the pack, do they have other wolves applying for membership, etc. Would he have to face challengers, and how would that work? Given Stacia’s popularity among werewolves,, I can see a lot of wanna-be Alphas trying to take Declan’s spot. Of course Declan would have no problem handling them with magic, but would that be allowed? The more I think about this, the more I want to read this story.
One of the highlights of this series is the fact that the secondary characters are all strong personalities with their own viewpoints and agendas. So we’ve seen stories told by Stacia and Declan and now Caeco. Plus the short stories as well.
Having said that, I agree that returning to Chris’ POV would be a welcome change. Between fighting the Vorsook and agents of Hell and raising two kids with brand-new powers, there should be plenty of material for Chris to cover in the next novel.