Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mini-review: Dark Soul (vol 3) by Aleksandr Voinov

Dark Soul (Vol 3)Dark Soul by Aleksandr Voinov

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 eta: I am giving Dark Soul (vol 3) a high-high four now, because I want to see this serial novel through to the end before I give an overall rating. The brevity of the sections we've already have been treated to don't allow for the deep development these characters, imo, demand and deserve. I don't want to seem like a detractor, especially since I know that Voinov won't disappoint me, but I feel it's still prudent to reserve my final judgement until the conclusion of Dark Soul.

I haven't really decided when I'm going to start reviewing the Dark Soul series. My original inclination was to wait until the very end-- but I'm not sure I can sit on my thumbs that long. So, maybe it would be better to consider each volume separately and doing a final wrap-up at the conclusion of the series. For now, just a couple of thoughts I can refer to later, when I'm ready to start writing actual reviews of Dark Soul.

I think this one was my favorite of the three volumes-- most likely because it seems to be the most revealing, this far. Vol 3 takes more time to unfurl. And in spite of its more languid pace, it does not lack action.

The bookends make this volume for me, maybe because Dark Lady I and Dark Brother held the most surprises. I am intrigued by Franco, Silvio's brother (French Foreign Legion, eh? Where have I encountered that before? hehehe), and that interest goes way beyond the "going there" place in Dark Brother. Volume 3 is all Silvio's book, though, and I guess I wanted to learn more about Stefano-- and not necessarily through a Silvio lens.

I can't wait until the next installment. I hope Aleksandr Voinov realizes, though, that I have a shortened life expectancy and can't go on to my sexy reward without knowing how this all ends. Actually, Dark Soul gives me yet another reason to keep holding on-- right up there with the fam, milk and Nutter Butter Creme Patties. squee!

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