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Review: Sons of Ymre: Jake by Lilith Saintcrow

Thrown into the deep end, this book should probably be read in the order of the series written. I read Jake without reading Erik and was completely lost for the first third of the book. Jacob has bad amnesia and cannot figure out who is friend or foe. What he does know, is that he's been badly tortured and desperately needs to save a woman who is a potential Dreamer.

What does this all mean? Who are the Dreamers? Who is the mad god? What exactly is Jacob? Be prepared to be disappointed if you want all these questions answered definitively. Even Jacob struggles to piece his memories together. As the reader, we are hopping between his and Willow's point of view. If you are looking for an easy read with info dump from an author, this is not the book for you.

I felt unsteady and confused for a good portion of this book and I enjoyed it. I like being thrown off kilter and trying to figure out what is going on. I have a pretty good idea of how this world is constructed after the first few chapters. What I'm trying to figure out is how the players fit together. The adrenaline pumping pace at the beginning of the book keeps me on edge. It keeps me turning the pages and I want to know what happens to Willow. Things get bad quickly and there is more collateral damaged than expected. This is what I like about Ms. Saintcrow. She pulls no punches.

Once Willow and Jacob are taken to a safe haven, pieces are falling into place faster for me. I am starting to see a pattern and I don't like it. I fear for Willow and Jacob's safety. When the big reveal happens, I have questions. I have so many questions. I hope the next book in this series explains more and we get to learn more about the Mad God. I also feel as if the Flame rite of passage can be handled in a better manner. These men are completely clueless in helping to prepare the Dreamers. No wonder they balk and freak out. This urban fantasy is recommended to readers who enjoy the dark and grim.

*provided by NetGalley


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