The Avenger by P.C. Cast


Title: The Avenger
Author: P.C. Cast
Published: First published 2000, this edition 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 229 (excluding about author, title page, etc.)
RRP: £6.99
Rating: Late Teen/Adult (graphic scenes)

Alex thought communicating with the dead was the worst of her troubles. She couldn’t have been more wrong!

She’s just been sent to 60 AD by a secret army unit to recover missing pieces of a medallion that could change the world.

Alex must use her gifts to entice Druid Caradoc into helping her. Yet soon she’s torn between duty and the man who’s been haunting her dreams. Returning to the present is the noble thing to do, but her heart tells her to stay in this enticing new world of goddesses and warriors

What they discover along the way is pure passion.

Now, torn between duty and the man of her dreams, should Alex return home if given the chance? Or dare she risk everything to begin anew in this strange and mystical land?

I thought The Avenger was a refreshing change from P.C. Cast’s normal niche of writing, but I also thought her writing somewhat improved when she wrote adult characters.

The Celts were well developed and well described as Celts, though sometimes you could mistake them for being modern, but hey, it’s hard to write like you are from 60 AD, when you obviously have never spoken to them before.

I thought the plot was well thought out, there was a point to the story and it was also interesting enough to pull me in, and to make me keep on reading!

There was a lot of descriptions which I thought was great, and essential. The fact that it is mainly set in the past made it more interesting that were descriptions.. it was cool to find out more about that certain past.

I thought the main character, Alex, had an okay personality. She seemed to be a bit self absorbed, but it’s hard not to be when you have a task to do, and you are in such a new world! I also thought she could have had a few more things going for her. Okay so she has red hair and can speak to ghosts, but you don’t really get told much more about her! I like my characters richly described and interesting, so sue me!

The overall writing was pretty satisfactory as well. I don’t think it was bad, but it wasn’t awesome, just good enough.

Rating = 4 Stars

All in all, I think I enjoyed the book, most elements were met and I believe the book was pretty good. However Alex could have been described and developed more. Caradoc I thought was a nice character, more developed than Alex, and he looked pretty good too! 😉

Warning! There a graphic/adult scenes in this book, so if you are under 13, or have a high threshold of eurghness, please don’t read it!

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-Jean

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