The Hidden Ones by Nancy Madore
Summary : Compelling. Unforeseen. Tedious. Devastatingly Detailed.
If you could see me right now, you’d be able to see my scrunched face.
The Hidden Ones elicits a love-hate relationship that varies tremendously through the course of this long, strenuous, read that left me aching to skim pages but unable to for fear of missing vital pieces to this intriguing mystery.
Nadia is the successful business owner of a nonprofit relief organization, so when she finds herself kidnapped, in the midst of her terror, she finds herself wondering why anyone would want to abduct her, her of all people! The situation goes from bleak to insane when Nadia’s captors begin to question her about djinn while making it blatantly clear that her life is dispensable unless she provides them with information they seek.
It is not that the story is boring or poorly written; quite the opposite is true. The novel is remarkably well written and flows well in spite of the constant changes across time and personas. It’s that the content, while interesting, is overwhelmed in details with historical significance… something I found was not for me. History has never been a favorite of mine.
Nevertheless, I have to admit that Madore did an excellent job combining history and fantasy. The plot twists were striking, taking me by complete surprise and the story unfolded in an engaging manner. Her present day characters irritate me to no end. I wanted to slap the protagonist a few times. Okay, that is a lie, many, many times over is a more accurate statement. I found her to be whiney, naïve, and pathetic. She is not the type of heroine that I find appealing. This made it difficult for me to understand her perceptions and actions, hence the insane amounts of exasperation I felt directed at her. The characters that transcend time were phenomenal. I loved learning more about them and what shaped them.
So you see, love-hate.
I found myself caught up in the storyline, but felt tortured at times with the details I didn’t find necessary. If I had more of an appreciating for history, I may have felt differently.
Madore took a novel idea and weaved an intricate story of past and present with an unsettling twist. This book for you if you enjoy the fantasy genres just as much as historical ones, otherwise, let it be.
*** This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. ***