The Devil on Horseback: 09/01/06
The Devil on Horseback is a prime example of what Evans was trying to avoid in The Locket. The protagonist, Minelle, stupidly follows a lecherous comte from England to France and of course falls in love with him. Yuck! He's not much better than a child molester when he first meets her. I only kept reading it for the B plot involving the comte's daughter and her growth to adulthood. She was a more interesting character in that she actually acted on her impulses and tried to take control of her life rather than waffling over big decisions.
Here is my BookCrossing review:
The Devil on Horseback is so full of clichés, I'm not sure where to begin. It has the "strong" somehow well educated peasant woman who is stubborn. Though she follows the equally stubborn. and hot headed nobleman around Europe she vows never to fall for him, until of course, she does even though he gives her no reason for her to fall in love! Blah. I only put up with that crap with Emerson and Peabody because Peters's mystery series is a parody. To read it in such an earnest presentation here is frustrating.
Besides her hate suddenly turning to love problem, the so-called smart protagonist is completely blind to the traitors around her. She doesn't even come close to solving the mysterious pre revolutionary plots happening around the chateau. I had it all figured out a good hundred pages before other characters had to spell it out to her in small words.