Friday, April 26, 2013

Book Review: The Devil on Lammas Night by Susan Howatch

The Devil on Lammas NightThe Devil on Lammas Night by Susan Howatch

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Own.

My friend Jane from the WTM forums kindly passed this book on to me.  It is in a Book Club Edition with The Waiting Sands which I read and reviewed in 2011.

I did not re-read The Waiting Sands this time.  My 2013 goals included not re-reading anything I knew I had read.  I thought maybe I read Devil on Lammas Night 20 years ago, but wasn't sure.  I got started and remembered reading it, but not most of the plot, so I went with it.

I think I've now read every Howatch book and, I have to say, this is my least favorite - certainly of the Gothic novels(the possible exception is Cashelmara ... but that was significantly better written, just so very sordid in places, IMO). 

There is a lot going on in this story. It shows Howatch's development as a writer who speaks in multiple voices.  She takes evil seriously and you wonder if good is going to win. But I just find the evil difficult to read and unappealing.

I do like The Waiting Sands, though, and am grateful for the book as it is one not available in my library and I'd wanted to read it.



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