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  • ISBN-10: 0748115145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748115143
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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3.0 out of 5 stars An Energetic and Endearing Wynter's Tale 29 April 2010
The greatest failing of The Poison Throne is its beginning: the first handful of chapters, which chronicle young Wynter Moorehawk and her ailing father's telling return to the Royal capital after a five-year exile abroad, are a rather muddled affair. And beginnings are imperative things - particularly the beginnings of fantasy sequences such as this, a far-reaching tale stretched out across three books (with a prequel still to come). Never is it more important to grasp an audience's attention than when setting out to tell a story that will take months, if not years of sustained interest to hear told in full, and debut Irish author Celine Kiernan seems too tentative in laying the necessary groundwork for the narrative to come.

It's not a matter of world-building, of which there's precious little of in The Poison Throne - though Kiernan gradually communicates all she needs to of the kingdom Wynter and company must somehow restore - but rather of character. The author seems to be getting to grips with her modest cast even as we, the readers, endeavour to begin an understanding of them, and though it's not long before their patterns and quirks are established, pivotal events - perhaps the most pivotal in all of The Poison Throne, which tells, for all its promise of greater things to come, a small and admirably focused story - pivotal events have passed by nearly unnoticed in the initial chorus of confusion that comes of a lack of proper context.

Better, certainly, that we felt their import in the first instance, but Kiernan, once she and characters have found their feet, shores up all that is of significance before the narrative progresses any further.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Crafted Novel - Must Read =) 15 Aug 2009
This book was a real surprise for me; when I started to read it I didn't expect to find the amount of detail and the intricacy of the plot that was present in this fantastic novel.
It really was a beautiful book - the level of detail when it came to the descriptions of Wynter's world was amazing and the characters all seemed real to me, in that they all had their flaws and were much more complex than most of the two dimensional characters we get to read about lately in YA fiction. Wynter could be annoying at times, but I identified with her and she was a worthy heroine; Christopher was my favourite character, he had a real story & an honesty to him; and I had to like Razi too, though sometimes I didn't really want to.
By the time it finished I was desperate to read the next installment, but unfortunately I'll have to wait until Autumn this year - I'll be counting down the days, seriously. (:
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5.0 out of 5 stars A novel which really captures the imagination 23 Oct 2008
The reader is plunged into courtly intrigue and conspiracy from the first page and, along with the main character Wynter, only gradually finds out what is going on. Although this sounds like a jumbled recipe for disaster, I can not think of a better way of engaging the reader and really making them care for the characters and what happens to them.

They are all beautifully described - from the gruff cook to the tiny, frightened page-boys. Even those who have only the tiniest of walk-on roles is real and it was this, for me, which made it into a page-turner. The plot centres around Wynter, her father and her two friends Razi and Christopher and when last page arrived I was so wrapped up in their fate that I was sorely disappointed to realise I will have to wait for the second part of the trilogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars one to aviod!!!!! 14 Nov 2010
Every once and awhile a book comes along that just doesn't let go this however is not one of them. In fact this easily has to been the most boring book I have had the misfortune to come across in a very long time.

The reason it fails so badly is simply put NOTHING HAPPENS!!! Really the book is that slow, you never feel engaged with the characters I constantly waited for something to happen, anything at all but all you get is a very poor romance which may or may not happen and talking cat which is always is always grumpy (yes you did read that last part right) In all if you have trouble sleeping at night and have nothing else to read feel free to give it a go, for the rest of us its one best left on the shelf.
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