venusv's review against another edition
Oh, man. This was bad, like, BAD BAD. I honestly feel extremely guilty that this was my first Anne Rice book because that was... truly terrible. For over eight hours I sat through the religious nonsense hoping an actual story would take form, but.... NOPE.
There are two parts of this book:
1. Toby's boring and grueling backstory. How he became an assassin, how he gets hard any time a lute is mentioned, etc. Someone needs to tell him that playing the lute and wanting to be a Dominican Friar isn't a personality trait. Should've joined a LARPing group instead of playing badass assassin. (Which is super unbelievable, by the way. Picturing Toby murdering innocents and not so innocents is laughable, he's soft af.)
2. WATCH OUT! ANGEL TIMEEEEEEE!!!!! Yeah, this guy goes back in time to the Middle Ages with the help of an angel and lives out his dream of being a Dominican Friar while helping some people with their issues I could not care less about. Some Christian / Jewish twin conflict that apparently Toby relates to his real life leaving us on a cliffhanger for the next book in the series... which, spoiler alert, I won't ever be reading.
All around not a great time. I fell asleep twice while listening to the audiobook because nothing ever exciting happened. Just boring Toby being boring and talking about his lute and being happy about going back in time. I'm actually going to rate this one a 1.5 stars simply because the guy who did the audiobook has a nice voice.
Can't help but think Anne Rice wrote this to mirror her own struggles with finding Christianity again after being an atheist for so long. Which is totally fine, but this was not the way to do it. I'm just going to pretend Toby had a psychotic break and go about my day.
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gellyreads's review against another edition
- Plot- or character-driven? A mix
- Strong character development? No
- Loveable characters? No
- Diverse cast of characters? No
- Flaws of characters a main focus? No
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cambiaformas's review against another edition
La primera parte de La Hora del Ángel es preciosa. Relata en realidad, no la historia del protagonista, sino la Epifanía de la autora después de una profunda y larguísima crisis de fe. La segunda parte es pura novela histórica y no alcanza el preciosismo de la primera. No me apetece mucho leer la continuación (igual que me ha ocurrido con El Don del Lobo).
No está mal. Le daría dos estrellas y media, pero no me deja la aplicación :_D
shelflife's review against another edition
The story of an assassin who finds redemption through time traveling with an angel to make right all his wrongs was a good premise, but sadly turned into a boring, preachy read. From a historical perspective, I did learn a few things. The assassin, Toby, gets sent back to 1200's medievel times to Norwich to help a jewish family out of a predicament they are tangled in which could end badly for them and all the jews in their community. In this time you learn about how the jews suffered so in England at the hands of their christian community. I was not aware of this part of history and found it interesting enough to find out more about it.
Being this is a first book in what apparently will be another series for Anne Rice, I will give it the benefit of a doubt and continue with the 2nd installment. Although, I do miss the rich, elegant writing style of her vampire stories which were far more believeable as well than this, I will give it a chance.