I loved Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy so much. But it took me a long time to pick up The Pillars of the World, because it just didn’t sound terribly appealing.
And it wasn’t appealing in the least. The one character I did like was portrayed as a cold, possessive jerk by the end of the book. The mysterious Lucien is shunted aside for the “sweet” Neall who has about as much depth as a puddle. And Ari, as a heroine, is a joke. There was nothing to like about her at all.
The Fae storyline was tragically typical. They’re arrogant and uncaring, so now their world is disappearing. Can’t we have some Fae that aren’t high and mighty? The only thing truly interesting about them was their positions which coincided with gods of ancient Greek and Roman myth, and their ability to turn into an animal representative of that.
Anne Bishop is a great writer, but you couldn’t tell by reading The Pillars of the World. It had none of the dark, edgy feeling of her Black Jewels novels and feels like a cop out, as well as a whack over the head with strong feminist beliefs and the Wiccan religion.