Ever since I read Reese’s Rabbit Heart, I’ve been looking forward to seeing him tackle more female heroines. There are some similarities between Rabbit Heart’s Fiona Chapman and Gravedigger’s Charity Grace, but ultimately they are both very different characters.
The mythology behind the Gravediggers is so far what I find most fascinating about this new character. I think it was a mistake to include appearances from both the Rook and Lazarus Gray in this book as I was hoping this would be more for establishing Gravedigger as her own character. In the author’s note, Reese does provide a legitimate reason for why he included them, but I still feel having those two appear took something away from Gravedigger’s debut, and those appearances would have been best left for the next book.
That being said, this is still an enjoyable series of adventures and I hope we’ll see more of her in the future.
4 out of 5 stars
Thanks for the kind words, my friend! I’m glad you enjoyed the book but I’m sorry that the guest-appearances by Lazarus Gray and The Peregrine (formerly The Rook) detracted from the story for you. I really wanted to establish the three of them as the core of my pulp adventure universe and having them play off of one another was important to me — Volume Two focuses much more on Charity and her associates, though, so you may find that one more pleasing!
There are some obvious similarities between Fiona Chapman and Charity Grace, as you pointed out, and I like to think that Charity embodies that same archetype that Fiona herself does. As mentioned in Rabbit Heart, she’s definitely a “hot chick with a sword” but I like to think she’s much more than that, as well — just as Fiona was.
Thanks again for the review!
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