Sunday, September 7, 2014
The Talisman by Lynda La Plante
The long dark skein of the romany curse runs down to the fourth generation.
Edward - a brilliant academic, he inherits not only the dark romany looks of his prize fighting father, but he carries he curse of Midas. Alex - the second son. Unjustly imprisoned and desperate for revenge once released, he cannot break the ties of blood that bind him to his brother. He will use the Midas Curse to build an empire on corruption. Evelyn and Juliana - the fourth generation. Heirs to a fortune, a legacy in the shadow of a romany curse.
The Talisman is a vast, compelling sage that sweeps from the mines of South Africa, through the boardrooms and gambling clubs of modern day London to the international world of fashion - tracing the phenomenal rise to wealth and power of a family whose bloodline is cursed.
I never intend to read this book. I didn't think it would be nice. The story is that one afternoon, I was stranded somewhere with no reading material except this particular one and I picked it up and started on it. The more I read, the more infuriating I become. In the end, I decided to borrow it to read and it took me a week to finish and now I have returned it back to where it belonged.
The story is second part of the Legacy saga that this follows the next generation of the characters in Legacy. I didn't read Legacy but it didn't stop me from being able to follow the story. So, was it nice? Not particularly so. I didn't like any of the characters in the book. I especially didn't like either Edward or Alex and even their off-springs of Evelyn (which is a boy) and Julianna are not engaging nor charismatic.
I didn't like the writing as well as I find it very chaotic and rather narcissistic at times. If it's not because of the time that I have invested in the book that afternoon, I would just forget about it.
However, just because it doesn't work for me, it doesn't mean it wont' work for others. If you are a fan of family saga, you might find this your cup of tea.