Duncan is a long time practitioner of the Arcane Arts. His interests range from archaeology to classic literature and occult research. In his youth, he spent time abroad while in service of the United States Navy. Duncan now lives happily with his wife and children in rural Tennessee and enjoys family above all.
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- Midnight Hunter Book One in the Midnight Hunter Trilogy
on May 02, 2012
Midnight Hunter by Bonnie Bernard
The first book of the The Midnight Hunter trilogy sets the character scene extremely well. Physical surroundings not germane to experiencing the characters are kept in check. What stands out the most in Midnight Hunter are the characters. The art gone into them seems natural and this quality induced the reader to endear even the purposely annoying ones.
Foremost is Donna. She is “different” struggling in vain not to be. She has “goddess toes.” Everyone who knows about the trait except her seem to recognize and understand their meaning. Donna is successfully portrayed as a tad socially awkward but of solid internal constitution in spite of her habit of second-guessing herself. Donna is a wholly believable character and nicely paired with her rather mysterious lover, Hunter, who is a rather incredible character. Yet revealing all there is to know in the first book of a trilogy ruins all the fun! Donna’s misgivings and quirks of personality are both convincing and endearing. Desperate for a “normal” and “orderly” life, that she knows deep down is outside the ken of her destiny, this character does most of the heavy lifting in the plot.
Speaking of heavy loads, Mo, is another very well-crafted character. Bossy, opinionated and pushy are just a few words that come to mind describing her. But she genuinely loves Donna, her best friend. Both aspects of this rather rough-edged character are well played throughout Midnight Hunter. If this book were a movie, Mo would win, hands down as best supporting actor. Mo is fierce one minute, tender the next; hateful then ogling. There is a reason for it but telling you may be a spoiler.
The interaction of the characters is what kept me reading. The dynamic of secondary family complications was well done for both Mo and Donna. They each have their issues and it adds to their roundedness as people rather than merely characters. After just a short time reading the dialog between the characters, each developed a “voice” of their own in my imagination. That’s not common.
Review by Duncan McGonall, Author of Bread of Fools