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Review: Killing Time by Elisa Paige

31 Aug

Killing Time by Elisa Paige
Carina Paige (August 2011)
ebook: $5.99 (125,000)
ISBN: 9781426892080

Favorite Lines: “I saw their sharp, lethal interest long before I saw the hunting vampires.” (p. 150, egalley)

It wasn’t that she feared death. She just despised losing.

Genetically engineered warrior Sephti would go to any lengths to destroy the fae that made her their killing machine. Finally escaping servitude, she has meticulously planned revenge against her former masters, and time is running out. The last thing she needs is to be taken captive by a man who hates the fae as much as she does—and thinks she’s one of them.

Sephti learns her captor is Koda, an ancient Native American guardian determined to save his people from annihilation by the fae. Though he seems to loathe everything about Sephti, she can’t help but notice his incredible strength and powerful sensual allure.

As their distrust turns to desire, Sephti and Koda become allies. Their love will have to withstand their enemies’ supernatural onslaught—and Sephti’s planned suicide mission against the fae…

Stealing Time is book one in Elisa Paige’s The Time series. In Paige’s world, the dark fae have sided with evil vampires in an attempt to rule the world. I read book one and wasn’t thrilled with the cliff-hanger ending. Months later, I clearly remember Stealing Time. The story was told from a woman named Evie’s point of view. After the way it ended I expected book two to pick right up where it ended, and in a way it did, just not the way I expected it to. To say I was slightly disturbed is putting it mildly.  The introduction of Killing Time is told by an unknown narrator who is watching the events that followed the cliff-hanger.

Book two, Killing Time, picks up where book one ended from an unknown narrator’s point of view. The narrator is watching events unfold. Events that I expected to be described in book two. First, I felt jipped. Why? Well, I’d assumed the story would pick up from the same POV (no I didn’t read the book’s blurb) so I was shocked. However, I got over it once I got to know the heroine, Sephti, a genetically engineered creature called a bittern.

I really liked Sephti. She is a strong, deadly woman determined to live on her own terms. The origins of her name, the brutal life she was forced to live and her intelligence worked together to create a great heroine. Sephti is different from others of her kind, but is determined to save her people from their lives of subservience to the dark fae. Bitterns are considered abominations and are used as living weapons. Their job is to destroy whoever their master tells them and to die.

In general, I’m a character reader. But I ran into a few problems while reading Killing Time that bothered me enough to affect my enjoyment of the story.

First let me say, I liked how Sephti spoke in broken English when she became nervous around her hero. I wish she’d have spoken like that more often because Sephti had only been on the human plane for three months. She spoke perfect English unless something (in regards to her hero) bothered her. It pulled me out of the story.

Another problem was the way story lines seemed to end. For example, Philippe had a huge role in book one and half of book two.  A battle takes place, something happens and we don’t hear about him until the end when we are told he’s “out of the picture.” Another story line involving Sephti just seemed to disappear.

Throughout the story Sephti wants to save her people. That drive and ambition seemed to twiddle away by the end of the book and it just disappeared. I feel like there was no resolution. Like it was an out of sight, out of mind type deal. I hope it is cleared up in another story. Along with a definitive answer as to why Sephti is different from her people.  We were exposed to other bitterns and it was continually pointed out how different she was from them, but other than talk about her evolving, there was no flat-out answer.

Overall, I enjoyed the Killing Time. There were a few issues, but not enough to cause me to dislike the book. I loved watching the heroine learn how to interact and express her feelings, the sex is sizzling and the introduction to Native American folklore was entertaining.

I’m not sure if there will be another book published in the series. The author’s site doesn’t list any more information about the series.