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Dec 28, Stuart Schneider rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. With every top author, there comes one book, that while well thought out, leaves us disappointed. This was one of those. I will still recommend this author to anyone who asks, just not this book. One of my nominations for worst of the ye With every top author, there comes one book, that while well thought out, leaves us disappointed.

One of my nominations for worst of the year. Just as an example, could not Atrerus have saved one vial for Sune at the end? Jul 29, Kagan Oztarakci rated it really liked it. Jun 05, Ed rated it really liked it. Aug 04, Daniel Millard rated it did not like it Shelves: forgotten-realms.

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For a Forgotten Realms novel, I thought this one was rather subpar. I wasn't a great fan of the first entry in the Lost Empires quartet, which I bought based on author recognition and great looking artwork, but now despair for. Denning's entry is particularly weak. I find the protagonist Atreus to be unrelatable, and Denning's description of him, his feelings, and even his appearance to be disjointed and inconsistent throughout the novel. Additionally, the story just came off as dull, even thou For a Forgotten Realms novel, I thought this one was rather subpar.

Additionally, the story just came off as dull, even though the setting the Utter East ought to have made it more interesting. The characters seemed to do whatever would serve the plot in a particular situation, were not possessed of much depth whatsoever, and generally spent a lot of time doing nothing. For a book that actually seemed to be trying to create a lot of character development and focus on many little side tidbits other than the main storyline, Faces Of Deception accomplishes precious little.

I wouldn't say the book is "bad", merely poor to "O. Feb 19, Jesse rated it liked it Shelves: forgotten-realms. I was a little disappointed in this story. The writing style, and even the story itself, was not bad per se. It just felt like the story wasn't really set within the Forgotten Realms setting. This may be due to the book being part of the "lost kingdoms" series, so we arn't supossed to be familar with setting. But even so, I need more of an anchor to make it feel like a realms book. The characters were I was a little disappointed in this story. The characters were well made.

I felt like they all had some serious depth and real life to them. Once again, Denning's writing was not the issue. Lastly, I gave the story 3 stars instead of 2 because of the somewhat of a suprise endding. At least it was very unique for a Forgotten Realms book.

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Some reasons might not like this abrupt endding, but I enjoyed it. Dec 15, David rated it liked it Shelves: forgotten-realms , novel , dungeons-and-dragons , i-have , high-fantasy. This book is set in the Utter East region of Faerun. It stars "Quasimodo" and his bodyguard, and along the way picks up a greedy rogue and a pacifist healer. It has all the ingredients for a great adventure - a goddess-given quest, a legendary location, and odd companions.

Too bad it seems to fall short.


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The plot and the writing isn't bad at all; it's just not very exciting for me. The protagonist is hard to relate to; he's torn between being selfish and being noble. But kiddos to Troy Denning to actually being able to work in combat scenes with a pacifist along. The first Eva Duncan book I read was book 19, so I have a lot of earlier books to go through. But, I don't mind that because I have come to love this series very much.

I liked this book very much, it was intense and interesting and I liked getting to know Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn from the beginning. The story is very interesting and I was quickly pulled into it and wanted to know more. Whose skull is it and why are people so desperate to getting it back? There came a point in the book when I tho The first Eva Duncan book I read was book 19, so I have a lot of earlier books to go through.

There came a point in the book when I thought "no way, this is too farfetched, but then Johansen twisted the story once more and then the story seemed to make more sense In that bookish way you know. Hard to think of something similar happen in real life. Anyway, it's a great book and I quite liked John Logan, and I liked that Eve and Logan spent most of the book arguing although grudgingly Eve started to soften more and more towards him and let's say Quinn was not all too happy with that, despite the fact that he is married.

The face of Deception is engrossing, a bit sad, thrilling and, definitely surprising. I recommend it warmly! Jun 25, Lynn Pribus rated it it was ok Shelves: abandoned. I suppose it's unfair to read this book after galloping through 3 Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly, but it just didn't even start to do it for me. Really surprised it's rated so high. I lasted maybe 15 minutes on a download. Slow-moving, tedious with in-your-face hints,clues, and statements that Something Terrible happened to heroine's young daughter, that her mother is an addict gone straight and then TA-DA!

The whole thing shrieked romance novel I suppose it's unfair to read this book after galloping through 3 Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly, but it just didn't even start to do it for me. The whole thing shrieked romance novel with mystery overtones. I'd rather get Bosch 7 and I'm on the on-line waiting list. I just downloaded The Bosch Box which is all at one swoop. Oh, well. Oct 26, Cheri rated it really liked it. New series for me and off to a good start :. It was a little slow at times, but it was OK to read.

Aug 25, Shannon rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book wasn't believable from the beginning for me. It annoys me when a character is portrayed as "strong" and has overcome some very difficult times but her actions completely contradict this. A man Logan shows up at her house to offer her a job, she refuses continually and he refuses to leave. How would a strong woman react? Let him sit on the porch before letting him in close to midnight - I don't think so.

Then her lab is broken into that same night after she has refused the job and her This book wasn't believable from the beginning for me. Then her lab is broken into that same night after she has refused the job and her first reaction isn't that he is trying to scare her into saying yes?

I know as the reader we know but, come on.. I mean come on this man is a stranger to her - give me a break. Maybe I'm in a bad mood or maybe I just have a lot of other books I'd rather read but, I will not be finishing this one. Apr 13, Jenn rated it it was ok. Took me ages to finish this book, really I think it came down to the fact I just did not care about these characters.

Eve is a tortured "strong" woman, who constantly repeats empty mantras. Where are you Bonnie? I won't be a victim" Logan is an arrogant jerk, and I was never satisfied with the explanation about how he got embroiled in all this. Frankly, Fiske and Quinn were the most interesting characters and they didn't receive a decent amount of page time, IMO. Won't bother Took me ages to finish this book, really I think it came down to the fact I just did not care about these characters.

Won't bother with the sequel. It was ok for solving and surviving a complicated mystery, political intrigue, and danger - but not entertaining enough. The body was never found which haunts Eve. She reconstructs faces from skulls. Logan is a billionaire who wants to hire Eve to put a face on a skull he has. She resists until he makes a large contribution to her favorite It was ok for solving and surviving a complicated mystery, political intrigue, and danger - but not entertaining enough.

She resists until he makes a large contribution to her favorite charity working for lost children. Logan requires that she work on the skull in a secure location in Virginia. Along the way various people are killed and Logan and Eve are in danger. This was labeled romantic suspense by Kirkus Reviews, but I found no romance. The main couple works together and is trying to stay alive. There is a touch of paranormal with Eve having conversations with the ghost of her dead daughter Bonnie. The conversations were rational except when Eve asked Bonnie where her dead body was. Bonnie never answered that which bothered me.

However, Bonnie would give advice to Eve about other things. Because of her action, Joe gets hurt. He was in control until she interfered. She calls the police.

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But before the police arrive she walks around and moves things. She could have messed up footprints and evidence. That bothered me. When she agrees to do the job he asks her why. I had trouble liking her. Logan is a billionaire. Instead he, Eve, and one security guy were doing dangerous things without anybody else.

A hit man is following Logan as he drives around staying in different places. The author is painting Eve as smart and tough. Toward the end Eve is the one who plots a way to get the bad guys. Part of it required one of the bad guys to turn on the other. It just seemed a convenient mechanism to get to the ending.

DATA: Abridged audio length: 6 hours. Narrator: Jill Hennessy. Swearing language: moderate. Sexual content: none. Setting: current day mostly Virginia and Georgia. Copyright: Genre: mystery suspense. View all 5 comments. Jun 03, thadine rated it it was ok. I would have given this book a higher rating, except that about two thirds of the way in, all the characters were struck with a bout of stupidity.

Now, there was a fair bit of stupidity earlier on, but it reached epic proportions and I was no longer able to overlook it. The ending was pretty good, but the intelligence shown there just couldn't make up for all the silliness that happened before that. Some sore points for me: 1. When Eve sees that her lab has been vandalised with dead cat and rat s I would have given this book a higher rating, except that about two thirds of the way in, all the characters were struck with a bout of stupidity.

When Eve sees that her lab has been vandalised with dead cat and rat splattered all over the place, she goes in and starts cleaning up BEFORE calling the police. No one seems to find this behaviour odd. The good guys all assume the bad guys have only got one killer employed. Luckily, they were correct, but really, that's a massive assumption to make considering we are dealing with extremely wealthy and influential people. Speaking of wealth Logan can hire security teams to look after Margaret and Sandra, but not to look after Eve or Gary.

No, these two have to be left on their own whilst a killer is on the loose hunting them down. Oh, Gary The excuse? There was absolutely no reason to think that anyone was safe. I could go on, but there isn't much to say except that the characters, and especially Eve, are morons. The excuse is that everyone is becoming more and more emotional and stressed as the book progresses, but it really got ridiculous.

Jun 02, Cheryl rated it it was amazing. This is the first book with forensic sculpter, Eve Duncan. Wow, what a tough lady. This woman could truly be a roll model for young women once they've finished with the Nancy Drew series. I loved the book. I'm listening to another by Iris Johansen concurrently, almost through with that one, too. I've also ordered another one of hers from the library. Eve grew up as a bastard child of a stoned mother. Her child was also a bastard, but led the way to both Eve and her mother getting their acts togeth This is the first book with forensic sculpter, Eve Duncan.

Her child was also a bastard, but led the way to both Eve and her mother getting their acts together. The daughter, Bonnie, was kidnapped and persumed killed. Eve's goal in life is to bring her daughter's bones home.


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She calls these missing children the lost ones. Bonnie appears to her mother. Now that you've heard a little about Eve, please realize that this thread is just background for an extremely exciting mystery series. Jun 11, Patrick rated it it was amazing. And for forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, this discovery will draw her into a frightening odyssey of greed, manipulation, and violence. It started simply enough, with businessman John Logan offering her another routine job of recreating a face from a skull.

Hesitant at first, then persuaded to accept, Eve leaves the safety of her home office for Logan's makeshift lab, never expecting that the face she will construct using a computer, plasticine, and "It seems like an ordinary skull -- but it isn't. Hesitant at first, then persuaded to accept, Eve leaves the safety of her home office for Logan's makeshift lab, never expecting that the face she will construct using a computer, plasticine, and clay will make her the target of an audacious killer. For that face belongs to a man who's supposed to be alive, a man of vital importance to the nation.

As Eve struggles to puzzle out the truth, she and Logan will become entangled in a dangerous web of lies and deceit, with threads that may extend all the way to the highest office in the land. View all 3 comments. Dec 02, Jenny rated it really liked it Shelves: aussie-summer-challenge. By the time the party reaches Langdarma or, at least, within a few hours of them reaching it , Atreus has found love and beauty in the arms of Seema, the healer from Langdarma who has taken him back to her homeland. Were it not for the fact that there were still 60 odd pages to go, I'd have expected the novel to end then.

That Denning doesn't end the novel this way is probably a good thing, as it avoids one of the biggest cliches in both fantasy and romance literature. Atreus is determined that his physical appearance should become more attractive and the desire to fulfil Sune's quest becomes even more intense. This selfishness leads to Atreus' betrayal of his lover and the near destruction of the paradise he came so far to find. In the novels' final pages, however, Atreus saves the land he had so nearly destroyed by sacrificing the very object he had come to find and leaving Langdarma in a shocking and dramatic manner.

This ending is so anti-climactic, however, that the only reasonable reaction a reader can have to it is disappointment. It leaves so many unanswered questions: Was that really Sune Firehair giving Atreus the quest? What was Atreus expected to learn during the quest? What is Atreus going to do when he gets back to Erlkazar?

Denning doesn't give us any answers to these questions and perhaps that's the point. Atreus' final act is altruistic and, in its own way, as morally beautiful as anything encountered in Langdarma. Just when you think you've got it worked out, it surprises you. Its prose is invariably exciting and engrossing and the small cast of characters is memorable and often unusual Yago's is certainly the most sympathetic characterisation of an ogre I've read since 'Shrek'.

Return to the Novels Page. It had a good start introducing the main character and his demise of being mutated into an ugly child to save him from possible death during the Uprise in Tethyr. He worships Sune, the Godess of Beauty with the hope of becoming handsome.

He goes to a far off land in search of some magical place which supposedly doesn't exist. He gets all this crap about "Beauty is inside of you". He finds this exotic chick who sees his "inner beauty". One misadventure to another leaves you hanging thinking "That's it?