Also, I'm posting the links as a way to say thank you to the book bloggers who took the time to read and review the book. A fair amount of begging goes on in advance--by me, by the publishers--to get these dedicated volunteers to pick up the book, and so I want to acknowledge them and thank them for choosing The Descent out of the hundreds of books being released this week.
Lastly, I might as well admit here that writing this book was far from a piece of cake. My editor's requested revisions were quite extensive and it ended up like writing the book two times. That's why the book release was pushed back six months. There were some other catastrophes that happened to me in the past year, too, so I hope you'll understand my relief to see the book safely out and for reader reaction so far.
On to the reviews:
“This is ultimately what makes Lanore such a compelling heroine, and what makes this series so indelible: While her journey is set in an extraordinary world, her need to love and be loved is fundamental. Her passions are our passions, her weaknesses are our weaknesses, and her quest for a perfect love is every woman’s quest for a satisfied heart.” –Jamie Brenner, Heroes and Heartbreakers
“This isn’t a vampire trilogy; it’s something entirely new. It’s smart, sophisticated, and utterly shocking; if you have delicate sensibilities, you may prefer not to pick up these books. But if you’re an adventurous reader and enjoy beautiful writing and characters you can’t even imagine, Katsu’s trilogy is an absolute must read.” –S. Krishna’s Books
“Beautifully written with fleshed out characters and an engaging conclusion… Katsu has created the most unusual and dark characters yet she managed to make me fall in love with them all… The Descent was decadent, and all of the questions and puzzle pieces fell into place… The Descent was a brilliant, well crafted ending to this dark trilogy.” –Caffeinated Book Reviewer
“While the ending wasn’t one I would have wanted in the first book, by the time it happened, I LOVED it. I thought it was absolutely perfect and helped me put the series away in my mind, it was the definition of closure… I cannot recommend this series more highly for those who love strange, gritty, dark books that will shock you but keep you riveted to the pages. The Descent was the perfect end to a great series.” –Book Addiction
Okay, if you're not sick of me yet:
- Read-Love-Blog is happy with the ending: "brilliant".
- Nice review of The Descent up at Broken Teepee.
- Super nice review at steamp book blog Under the Covers.
- UK book blog Curiosity Killed the Bookworm has me over for a Q&A and you can enter to win a copy of The Descent (UK only).
- At USA Today’s Happily Ever After I talk about what it's like to leave characters who have been with me for 13 years.