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could have been better
on 9 September 2013
I have mixed feelings about this novel, the first in a rather long series.
Some reviewers (especially on Am.) focus on its gay content hurling insults at the author for the gay twist she chooses to give to the Arthurian myth. While everyone is certainly entitled to his own opinions a simple reading of the editorial blurb would have prevented their delicate heterosexuality from being tarnished by this "sinful" work.
Let us concentrate on this work's REAL assets and issues:
- the author is a born storyteller and that is exactly what kept me reading despite many misgivings. Her plot is tight, fast, compelling. There is not a single dull moment, every scene is well thought of and alive.
- characterization is far from flawless.
Psychologies are not always consistent and they tend to change according to the author's need to outline a good climax. Characters are also kind of stereotyped with just some interesting twist here and there;
- the number of anachronisms is staggering;
- inconsistencies in minor details, typos and mistakes cry out lout for a good editor to take this work into his hands.
I am not sure wether I will be reading the next episodes anytime soon. I tend to notice editorial issues and I fear they will only increase as the series progresses. A pity as the gay twist to the Arthurian tale was a much needed development.