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Friday, August 26, 2016

Book Review: Burden (Winged Book 11) by L.M. Pruitt

Burden (Winged Book 11)
by L.M. Pruitt
July 24th 2016 by SP Press
169 pages
The international best selling saga continues.... 

All my life, I've had plans.

Dying the day before beginning the first year of my surgical residency wasn't one of them.

Finding myself drafted in the eternal war between good and evil wasn't one of them, either.

And dealing with friends, enemies, and lovers I don't remember?

Definitely not in my plans.


Winged: The Complete Series Box Set

Being confused and a little disappointed about the lack of character development and storyline information in this read I did check around (after I was finished) and found that there are 10 other "Winged" series installments. I thought I was reading a first in a series! Surprise! No wonder I had so many questions about who, where and what the purpose was of all the archangels and "others". I was drawn in to the story but as I kept reading, I thought..."there must be more history somewhere". I must assume that the characters of Joanne, Gideon, Galbrial, Raphael and the others were developed in previous issues. And I thought that Lucinda (a newly deceased) was the main character when in reality she will probably be another addition to the "winged" alliance (or not depending on the outcome). That was the other thing that threw me ended with a cliffhanger that must be resolved in the next issue (hence my thoughts about it being first in a series). I know I am probably not making a lot of sense but now you know how I felt while reading this as a stand-a-lone.

I thought the premise was an interesting take on the here-after. But I couldn't understand why there was little use of supernatural powers and that everyone in the "compound" (even that threw me) was able to get ill, hurt, depressed, married and bear children. Hmm. Sounds like an alternate universe theme. Don't get me wrong, that's an OK scenario but without the history of the winged, I felt a little lost in the telling. The idea of a new recruit having to go through a tough evaluation was clever and perhaps the take on "God" a little metro and would appeal to some additional audiences. The possession of a deceased by another deceased is a decidedly interesting twist.

I really enjoyed the penmanship and snarky, sometimes humorous dialogue. Apparently I am not alone since the previous 10 in the series have gotten rave reviews for the most part. I just started behind the 8 ball and will need to run the table before I can probably give an accurate assessment of this series. Was this book enough to keep you intrigued about the next installment? I would say a definite "heck yes!" if you have read the other issues and a "sure" if you haven't read the others and make it to the end with that big cliffhanger. I would like to find out what happens to Gabriel and the new "possessed" recruit Lucinda.

Getting 3.5 "shooting in the dark" sheep!

Jeanie G

About the Author:

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she's killed bamboo. Twice. She is the author of the Winged series, the Plaisir Coupable series, Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and Taken: A Frankie Post Novel.

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