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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Kinley MacGregor - Knight of Darkness

Originally, this review was meant to post earlier, but given that the newest Kenyon release, Son of No One, is connected to the Lords of Avalon world, I thought that it was a good idea to post this around the release time of that book!

I am going to have to be honest... this one was tough for me to finish.  I kept putting it down and going back to it, but it really was never a compulsion to keep reading NOW.  Since that is what I am used to in Kenyon's books, to me, this was an odd book indeed.

Varian is the son of Lancelot and...not Guinevere.  In Kenyon's version of Camelot, Lancelot and Guinevere were never more than friends. Instead, Varian is the son of Narishka and though his mother is pure evil and the right hand woman of Morgen, Varian is working for the good guys.  Albeit as their assasin, but on the good side either way...Until his mother kidnaps him and forces him to choose the other half of his heritage and to work to serve the Morgen and her evil plans.  With the help of his mother's serving girl, Varian is able to escape, but nothing is as it seems.  Even the pitiful serving girl has a deceptive past and in the world of Avalon and Camelot, deception can be deadly.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Shannon K. Butcher - Falling Blind

Finding a perfect series is hard... They are few and far between and MY perfect author may not have the same attributes as yours.  That is a fact.  So when I find an author that is "thissssss close", I hang on.  Even through the bad books...

In this chapter of the Sentinel Wars, we get Cain's story.  Yes, Cain has been in the story from the beginning, but I have to admit... he wasn't the Sentinel I was dying for next.  It was only in the last book or so that his struggle came to the forefront.  And even then... I just wasn't really sympathizing with him yet.  For centuries, Cain had guarded Sibyl, the Sentinel foreseer who was stuck in the body of a child because her mother unintentionally cursed her.  Apparently, now that Sibyl is "all growed up", Cain is a mess.  He misses her to an extent that is almost creepy - considering that he was a father figure to her - and without her, he is lost.  To me... I just think to myself, the girl (who wasn't REALLY your daughter, she was your best friend's daughter) gave you a purpose that prolonged your life and after centuries she FINALLY grew up and you are a mess?  Yes, Jackie did a cruel thing by promising you a child - which you yearn for to "replace" Sibyl, but really... man up and get over yourself!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Couple Showdown - Round 1/Group 2

And the competition continues with more couples competing in the Showdown!  This week we have lots of fan favorites making an appearance.  And this week we have Maris and Ture - the couple from Cloak & Silence - and the first M/M couple or heroes in our competition.  But that isn't because they aren't BOTH great heroes.  It would have just been too hard to separate them out and I was not willing to make Maris a Heroine... though he may not have minded! :)  Regardless, it is this showdown that fits them the best! Quick rundown of the rules.  For each round, the contest will be called on Sunday mornings.  However, those voting widgets remain open just for fun, so if you are here after that time and the results change, that is the reason.  Also, remember, a couple must ALREADY have a book or they are not eligible.  So that couple that you have been waiting for to get together for five books now, if that book isn't out, they aren't eligible.  And no couple was eligible if the hero or heroine competed individually.  This time around, rather than group SIMILAR contestants, I pretty much went for opposites and grouped UNlike contenders.  For information on the upcoming or past rounds, check out the Couple Showdown homepage, the Hero Showdown homepage, or the Heroine Showdown homepage.  Let the games begin!

PS - I went back to the old voting widgets... I just didn't think the new ones were working out and I didn't trust them to be accurate! :)  In light of that, I was able to tell the clear winners from Group 2 for all but one of the contests.  So that one is getting a redo.  Please also vote in the final widget so that I can get a winner from that one! :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Upcoming September Releases

Upcoming September Releases
(For links to past monthly releases, see the Archives

Title: Son of No One
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark Hunter
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: September 2, 2014

Things are REALLY starting to connect in the Dark Hunter world!  A bridge book for sure, but a great addition to the series!

It’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Life will continue to throw every bad thing it has at her, and she will continue to not put her head in an oven. But that’s okay. That which doesn’t kill her will just require a few hours of mental insanity. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group trying to get their own cable show as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when her group accidentally releases something truly evil into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.

From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. And it’s not just because she can’t even begin to pronounce his last name: Maboddimun. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his apparent age…

Centuries ago, Cadegan sold his soul for vengeance against the betrayer who cursed him. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him as much as it irritates and frustrates him. Something he can’t seem to fight, and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him his soul.

He knows he has to stay away from her, but the evil her friends unleashed is hellbent on consuming her soul. Something he cannot allow. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kate SeRine - Ever After

Honestly, the idea of "reinvented" fairy tales, usually painting the villain as the hero, is no longer fresh or unique.  The market is being flooded and it is now "been there, done that."  So why did I request yet another one?  Because in all the redone fairy tales (such as Alias Hook, Curses!, or Marie Hall's Kingdoms series) I hadn't seen one that was a take on Robin Hood and that one intrigued me!

Gideon is a soldier for the King of the Fairies.  So when he is ordered to apprehend a thief, it is no problem.  Until he discovers who the thief is.  It is none other than his lost love Robin Hood.  Now, this soldier, with a sexy Scottish brogue,  has a dilemma.  Betray his king or the love of his life.  Gideon, named by Robin Hood as Little John, is in a tough situation.  Though he has lived and loved in the centuries since last seeing Arabella, when he captures this thief his immediate reaction is relief at having her back - quickly followed by the expected sense of betrayal.  While he has spent centuries mourning Arabella, she has still been alive?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Meljean Brook - Demon Blood

This one in the Guardian series... didn't do it for me!  I don't know if it was the book or the feelings I had for the two lead characters going into the book, but this one was a struggle to make it through.

In the last book in the series, Demon Forged, we met Deacon.  He was a leader in the vampire community in Prague, but he was forced to bargain with a demon in order to try to save his community.  When the demons destroyed the community anyway, Deacon set out on a mission of vengeance to make the demons pay for the lives of his vampire community.  The one person most willing to work with him was Rosalia.  As a Guardian, demon killing is her thing and she is happy to band together with Deacon to get the killing done.  But the two of them have a past.  One that Deacon isn't even aware of.  With her shapeshifting abilities, Rosalia has watched over Deacon for years.  And, she has loved him since before he was a vampire.  Now, teaming up with him, she is helping him, yes, but protecting him, as well.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Insider

These days, I have a few authors that are clear favorites - Kenyon, Singh, Cole, Showalter, Ione, Harrison - just to name a few!  But some of them are getting really complex worlds going and I am starting to hit a point that since I get the books early, I don't always have time to reread the RIGHT books in the series before the next one comes out.  Many series readers fall back on spreadsheets and other documents to keep things straight.  I have never had to do that before.  But with some series, even I am starting to lose track of things.  So I thought that I would add a piece that offers some insights to the books that I read early and let some of you know what books in a series you should reread BEFORE you read the latest release.  THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE SPOILERS NOR WILL IT OFFER ANY, so read with confidence on that score!  This is only intended to recommend which books in the series it is good to reread before the latest release.  This won't happen regularly or monthly - just from time to time as the need arises, so be on the lookout!  This time around, I am making recommendations on rereads to prepare for some of the hot releases of August and September (I know, a little late on August, but that is for the people who don't read books the day they release!)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Couple Showdown - Round 1/Group 1

And so it begins! The Couples Showdown! With this newest Showdown, we are completing a cycle that we will continue here at The Window Seat. Within each CYCLE, there can be no duplicate contestants - EXCEPT for this one time exception in the FOURTH GROUPING. If a hero competed in the Hero Showdown, then he can't compete as a couple in this one. Same thing with the Heroines. Once the cycle is complete, all heroes and heroines are eligible to compete in any of the next three competitions. That meant that this time around, some of the most popular couples we not eligible.  Hopefully after this cycle is complete, the couples, heroes, and heroines will be better placed in the appropriate competition.  Quick rundown of the rules.  For each round, the contest will be called on Sunday mornings.  However, those voting widgets remain open just for fun, so if you are here after that time and the results change, that is the reason.  Also, remember, a couple must ALREADY have a book or they are not eligible.  So that couple that you have been waiting for to get together for five books now, if that book isn't out, they aren't eligible.  This time around, rather than group SIMILAR contestants, I tried to go for opposites and grouped UNlike contenders.  For information on the upcoming or past rounds, check out the Couple Showdown homepage, the Hero Showdown homepage, or the Heroine Showdown homepage.  Let the games begin!

There was some trouble voting in some of the contests at first.  I replaced the widgets.  If you are still having trouble, PLEASE be sure to make a note in the comments and I will replace it!  As always, we will have contests later in the competition, but please let me know what you think of the contestants in the comments!  :)  I love to hear from you! :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Window Seat is on Summer Vacation! :)

For the next few days, the Window Seat is on vacation! :)  Technically, I could still allow reviews and blog pieces to post.  I am already ON vacation, but I felt uncomfortable keeping things moving when I couldn't correct things (because of a lack of internet access for part of the time) in case things went wrong.  So I thought it would be best to take a little summer breather!  I can use the time to read even more and when we come back, we have a LOT planned!  Here are the highlights of the first week alone! :)

August 11 - The COUPLES SHOWDOWN begins!  Some of the favorites from the Hero and Heroine Showdowns will be back and lots of new competitors to keep things exciting!  For a list of the couples competing, check out our Couple Showdown home page and come back to support your favorites!

August 13 & 14 - Some Knights tales!  Reviews of Knight of Darkness by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Knight Avenged by Coreene Callahan

August 15 - Upcoming hot releases for September - and September is going to be a BIG month for paranormals with new releases from the Dark Hunters and the Elder Races.

So take a break with us,relax by the pool, and come back on August 11 as we start a new season of FUN at THE WINDOW SEAT!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lady Luck Book Blitz

We are celebrating the release of Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley!  As this wonderful series hits the printed page for the first time, experience again the love and the passion!  Or, if you didn't read it before, here is your chance! :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Kresley Cole - Dark Skye

Before the Window Seat heads off for a little vacation, I wanted to get in ONE more review!  And it is a biggie!  Before leaving for vacation, I got a most wonderful gift - an arc of the latest in the Immortals After Dark series.

Thronos Talos is a prince of the Skye.  He is a Vrenkener  - or a winged angel - and as such, his greatest enemy should be the Sorceri.  But one day, as a young boy, Thronos happens upon a very special young Sorceri - Melanthe.  And so begins a friendship between two creatures who should be enemies, but fate has tied them together and they become the best of friends.  When the hatred of their families culminates in tragedy, Lanthe and Thronos are torn apart.  For five hundred years, Thronos tracks and stalks his mate while his mate continues to elude him.  Until both are captured by the Order and thrown into prison.  When the prison starts to crumble, Lanthe ends up at the mercy of the one being least likely to hurt her, but with the most cause to destroy her. 

Fred Berman - Dark Hunters/The League by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Audio Corner - The last Friday of each month, a new audio book will be reviewed.

This month: I have done some audio posts about my favorite audiobook narrators.  Among my favorites are Robert Petkoff, Holter Graham, Sophie Eastlake, and Max Bellmore. For all these series, there are already book reviews, and in some cases even audio reviews. But these narrators stand out in a field of many - not just for one book -  and I really needed to recognize them for their work on the series as a whole.  So this month, I am looking at another favorite, Fred Berman.

 I will be the first to admit this... I gave Mr. Berman a REALLY raw deal.  If he was the only audiobook narrator for Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter and The League series, I would love all those books.  More than that, he is head and shoulders above the very earliest narrations.  When the series first turned to the audiobook format, when he took over, I would have been thrilled with the decision...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Coreene Callahan - Fury of Fire

I have to admit... It is HARD for me to try new authors.  I am almost always too afraid to put down hard earned bucks on a chance.  So the self published or small published authors rarely get a fair shot with me (since you can't get them in my library).  But when they do, my expectations are high!

Bastian is the leader of the Nightfury clan.  They are a clan of dragon shifters that are facing extinction.  The reason for the nearing extinction is that there are some drawbacks to reproduction.  As all the shifters are born male, they need human woman to give birth.  But the birth process kills the human women.  So naturally, the good dragon shifters are hesitant to impregnate human women and condemn them to death.  Unfortunately, there are a group of Rogue shifters that are willing to impregnate women and so Bastian, as the leader, has made a hard decision.  To increase the number of good dragon shifters, they must make the decision to reproduce and as leader, Bastian will be the first to pick the woman who he will sacrifice for his own reproduction.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Couple Showdown - Preliminary!

On August 11, we will be starting the Couple Showdown here at The Window Seat.  But before we do that, I wanted to give you a look at the brackets, the contestants, the schedule, and explain why it is your FAVORITE couple is not included.  Because I KNOW that there will be some that are favorites but that aren't on the lists.  I know that for a fact because some of MY favorite couples aren't here - so why would it be different for you? :)

When I first sat down to do the Hero Showdown, I wasn't planning for a Heroine Showdown or a Couple Showdown.  As a result, I picked a bunch of favorites.  In fact, for the most part, I put together favorites that fit into categories - Shifters, Vamps, Tortured Heroes, etc.  Had I known how successful the showdown would be, I would have chosen more carefully... but alas, I didn't!  So as a result, I set up a group of hot heroes - some of which may actually have fit better in the Couples Showdown rather than as heroes on their own.  But... the deed is done.  Going forward I know better!  The Window Seat will be doing Showdowns in groups of three - and for each "cycle", there will not be repeats - going forward.  If a hero competed in the showdown, then he and his heroine can't compete as a couple.  Same goes for the ladies.  Once the cycle of three is over, then the NEXT time around, all three (Hero, Heroine, and Couple) are once again eligible and can compete in a DIFFERENT category.  So, while Zsadist competed as a Hero this cycle, next cycle, while he can't compete as a hero, but Zsadist and Bella can compete as a couple or Bella can compete as a heroine.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

C.L. Wilson - The Winter King

I have to admit... I was anxious for this book, but not for the right reasons.  I was anxious for this book to be written and done so that Ms. Wilson would move on to the NEXT book which promises to return to the Fading Lands of her Tairen Soul series.  I never should have doubted her...

Wynter is the King of the Winter Craig. He is a young king when war breaks out between his country and the Summerland.  War began because his younger brother was murdered, a great treasure stolen,  and his affianced queen was taken.  Having deprived him of his queen, his heir, and his country's greatest treasure, Wyn's terms of surrender ask for a return of all three.  He wants to marry one of Summerland's princesses - the country's greatest treasures - and get her with child within a year.  If the princess fails to conceive within a year, Wyn will kill her and come back for another until the three Seasons - Spring, Summer, and Autumn - have either provided him an heir or died trying.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Shannon K. Butcher - Blood Hunt

Up until now, I have to admit.  I have been pretty ambivalent about the Sanguinar and their role in the Sentinel War series.  I let the opinions of the Theronai warriors color my own and when I realized that the hero of this book would be one of them, I thought this was another "get through it" book for this series. I am very happy that I was wrong!

Logan is the mysterious Sanguinar healer who from the first has been a little shady.  What are his true motives?  What is the mystery project he is working on?  Is he trustworthy?  At the end of Living Nightmare, we got a glimpse of who Logan really was - a man devoted to children and a protector.  He is determined to save his people but he does have a moral code.  It may be filled with gray areas, but at the heart of him is a noble man.  He won't hurt people, but he isn't afraid to piss them off if it is for the greater good.  In fact, he and his leader Tynan are working on a project to save his people called Project Lullaby.  Though the details are scarce, the bottom line is that they are making people happy while saving their race from extinction.  But things aren't moving fast enough and Logan is forced to include a woman as a potential mate that he just isn't willing to let go.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Upcoming August Releases

Upcoming August Releases:
(For links to past monthly releases, see the Archives

Title: Dark Skye
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: August 5

Eternal Obsession

As a boy, Thronos, Lord of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body - and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

Endless Yearning

Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

Can the heat of desire burn brighter than vengeance?

With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ilona Andrews - Magic Bites

For a long time now, I have had quite a few people recommend the Kate Daniels series to me.  In addition to the people whose recommendations I trust the most, many fans have mentioned Kate or Curran as contestants for Showdowns.  With all this hype, I figured it was finally time to sit down and give the series a try.

Kate Daniels is a down on her luck mercenary who is investigating a murder that is near and dear to her heart.  Her legal guardian - and the only family she has left - has been murdered mysteriously and Kate takes on the investigation because she simply cannot rest until Greg's murder is avenged.  As she comes into contact with a myriad of preternatural creatures, the one that stands out the most is the Beast Lord of Atlanta.  He is a shapeshifter of immense power and the lord of all shapeshifters.  His name is Curran and he is a lion shapeshifter.  In this case, the king of beasts is literally a beast and his jungle is the streets of Atlanta in the midst of a magic surge.  Though Kate thinks the shifters may have something to do with Greg's murder, she tentatively creates a partnership with Curran on the theory - as long as she solves Greg's murder first, the worst he can do is kill me....meh.  Fair deal.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Meljean Brook - Demon Forged

Well, it had to happen.  It seems that in every series, there is a couple that gets the short end of the stick.  In the case of the Guardian series, poor Alejandro and Irena are "that" couple....

Alejandro and Irena have a past that none of the Guardians really understand.  The two met 400 years ago when Alejandro first graduated from the initial Guardian training.  Seeing each other across a crowded courtyard, the two fell in love.  But Irena was a powerful Guardian that was centuries old and Alejandro had to earn her trust in order for her to willingly become vulnerable to him.  Though the two trained together and spent all their time together, they resisted the pull of sexual attraction until his training was done and they were equals.  But it didn't stop them from falling in love and creating a deep bond with one another.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Kristen Ashley - Games of the Heart

If you have ventured into The ‘Burg series by Kristen Ashley, they clearly you have continued the love fest leading to Games of the Heart. Book 4 in this series has a lesser dark tone to the story, but I will say it is the most emotional of the books. Games of the Heart reintroduces local town cop Mike Haines, previously met in book 2 as Violet’s other love interest, and although he is definitely swoon worthy, it is Dusty Holliday to which the greatness of this book belongs! Their 25 year history makes this story this the most endearing.

The Holliday farm and its family members have been staples in the small town of Brownsburg Indiana. Mike Haines has been intimately connected into this family through friendship with the siblings, even dating the eldest Holliday daughter. When an unthinkable tragedy strikes the Holliday family Mike is present and ready to be the crutch needed to see the family through. This tragedy also brings the youngest Holliday, Dusty back to her home. Dusty was a sweet kid growing up who had an easy relationship with Mike until she went off the straight and narrow finally skipping town without a word. Her actions have impacted her family negatively and Mike has no intention of making her return easy. However in his attempts to give Dusty his piece of mind, he is shocked to find this wild girl to be a beautiful, confident, and successful woman whose past actions were not exactly what they seemed.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Shannon K. Butcher - Dying Wish

This book is the one that kept me from reading the Sentinel Wars series for a long time.  All because of the cover art... Yes, I was judging a book by its cover.  Even though this book was released first and was the more popular series, the similarity in this cover to a favorite book from another series gave me a chip on my shoulder about this series and I didn't break down to read it until recently.  Lesson learned! :) Don't let a duplicate cover stop me from reading a great series!

Iain is the leader of a secret Theronai group of warriors who have already lost the last leaf in their life mark - which means his soul is dead.  As the leader, he is trying to keep those men alive and keep their hope that they can save their leaves and maintain their souls, but the facade is getting harder and harder to maintain.  He believes that his soul is beyond redemption.  When he saves Jackie Patton from the caves of the demons, he realizes that his magic is compatible to hers.  But when Jackie returns to Dabyr, she discovers that EVERYONE is compatible to her.  Though all that Iain thinks he wants is to get her happily settled with a warrior - preferably one on his last leaves - he can't deny that the idea of her with someone else sets his blood to boiling...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sherrilyn Kenyon - The Dream Hunter

The first of the full Dream Hunter books is a story that connects a lot to the main hero of the Dark Hunter series and it is just one more example of how brilliant Kenyon is as the stories all connect back to each other!

Arik is a Dream god who has been cursed by Zeus to not feel emotions.  The reasons for Zeus's curse are not the major issue, the thing is that these Dream gods are experiencing some new things - emotions - and they are struggling to deal with that as the curse starts to weaken.  One such is Arik and the emotions he has begun to feel are leading to an attraction to a young archaeologist searching for the lost continent of Atlantis.  Geary, the archaeologist, is a woman on a mission.  Her family has made it a goal in their lives to find the lost continent thanks to the stories that the patriarch of the family heard from the man who saved him from the Germans during World War II.  This man is, by the way, Acheron, and it affects not only his eventual mate Tory, but her cousin Geary and makes it a goal of the family to redeem their reputation and find the greatest find in archaeological history.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thea Harrison - Peanut Goes to School

I am not real sure how to review this one... can I just say "Buy it.  You will love it."  Because this is a short, sweet, novella, and I just don't want to give anything away by saying too much! :)

This is the story, really, of Liam Cuelebre, the precocious child of Pia and Dragos.  As a dragon Wyr, Liam has a lot to learn.  His father can't help him because his father sprang to life fully formed.  His mother can't help him because she is not a predatory changeling.  So little Liam has to kind of make his own road and try to fit in - in a first grade classroom.  Which isn't easy when you are a young dragon, with a temper to control, your father is the Lord of the Wyr, and you can read college level textbooks in a few minutes...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lisa Jensen - Alias Hook

It has been so long since I read a hardcover book instead of an eBook that I had forgotten how the right book can be enhanced by the right medium.  Some books, whether it is the content, the setting, the feel of the story can be enhanced when you have that book in your hands - reading it the same way the characters would.  Alias Hook is just such a book!

Just how, and why, is Captain Hook in Neverland - a place forbidden to adults - forced to play an endless game with Peter Pan and his crew?  Well, because when you have an affair with a voudon priestess that goes wrong, you can end up cursed.  And cursed is what James Hook is.  Cursed to Neverland.  And since there are no adults, let's be honest.  That has GOT to suck.  Until a forbidden adult female dreams her way to Neverland.  When Stella Parrish ends up in Neverland, she brings with her an adult magic that is different from the children and definitely different from what Hook himself has.