Serving Time by Nadine Ducca
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Note: None of us at the book club have finished reading or finished discussing this book. We have been asked to post our reviews early. This review is based on the first 60% of the book and may change at a later date when we finish the book.
What were the main themes of the book? From the description, I automatically thought this book would be about good versus evil. But you're in for a surprise. Each character's good traits and bad traits shine through Ducca's excellent writing. I liked that the reader is able to decide on who they want to root for and I have a host of favourite characters. The world the author has created is detailed and fascinating. It is easy to understand and Tristan's struggles are almost human and this makes it easy to connect with him. And the use of Lucifer as a leader, that was epic.
Describe 2 different settings. When Tristan asks Brandywine if she is leaving him. For all the mistakes and masculinity he has displayed before this, it melts away in this scene. You almost want to reach out and comfort him. His attachment to the Brandywine seems strange and yet this man who seeks somewhere to belong, his strong desire to change his life is amplified in how he feels for the Brandywine. When Tristan puffs a cigar. Again, Ducca uses contrast in an absolutely unique way. The man who is capable of so much feels like he has taken a whiff of the ship's fuel when smoking a cigar.
Were you able to connect with the main character and why? I'm at crossroads between Time and Tristan. I liked the way Ducca used "time" as the name of a Goddess. We all wish for more time, and the questions we would have if time were a person. What if she showed up as a Goddess? Time has her own problems which again makes the reader able to understand her character better. Tristan was the easiest to connect with. Some book club members said the two brothers were akin to the image of good and bad sitting on either side of your shoulder. Tristan has more compassion and his choices of how to proceed are often conflicted between what he has to do and what he wants to do. I absolutely loved this book and can't wait to finish it.
Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
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