59 points, 3 stars.
Warning: Depictions of Rape
Camille D’Artigo is half human, and half-fae, with unpredictable magic. Along with her two sisters Delilah, a werecat, and Menolly, a vampire, they have been assigned to Earth from the Otherworld. Hyto, Smoky’s father, is back, and he wants to cause his son harm for betraying him. He has kidnapped Camille and intends to break her, in body and spirit.
“There is a reason this has all happened to you, my dear, even if you do not see it now. Walk through the fire, and you will be far stronger than those who have tried to subjugate you.”
Courting Darkness finally takes us back to Camille being the lead character again, after the previous two books really suffered for the fact they weren’t lead by her. Over the past two books, Camille has gone through a hell of a lot of shit. It has been a really hard time for her.
And instead of being introspective on the hurts that she has already gone through recently, we’re going to pile more shit on her instead!
Camille has become the punching bag for the series and for the author. I don’t like it! She is already strong enough, dang it! Hyto has kidnapped Camille, and is doing everything in his power to make her, and by extension Smoky, suffer. Just like he promised three books ago.
Yes, this is a powerful book for the series. But that is all it really covers. There are a few other things, but all of it is about this one aspect of the story. Or all of what actually matters in the book covers this.
I just really wish this author would stop using rape. I find that she doesn’t handle it well. I feel it is used cheaply and to ill effect. Like the author wants the character to overcome something awful, so she has them raped. And it is just so tiring. Is everyone in this series going to be raped at some point to “make them stronger”? Is this just the thing to do in a book series? It is just getting annoying and tiresome and I really hate it.
I hate it so much that it really changed the way I enjoyed this book. Typically I enjoy books where a lot of bad shit happens to the main character when already a ton of bad shit has happened to the character. I just didn’t here. I didn’t like it.