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Zero stars. Ridiculous bodice ripper with a bitter charmless hero and predictable plot
on 10 May 2014
This story is so predictable! It was tempting to believe I have the precognitive powers the hero (a charlatan wizard) claims to possess. The trouble is that predictable isn't entertaining and a bitter, devious manipulative 'hero' who serves a cruel murderous master isn't what romantic dreams are made of. Simon just isn't all that nice, somehow he is just a little too slimy to have any 'bad boy' appeal either.
The sub romance between the spoilt, medieval Barbie doll younger sister and the equally wooden Ken lookalike Thomas, is as charmless as the main Romance between Alys and Simon.
The baddy, Richard, is a poor copy of Alan Rickmans sheriff of Nottingham, imagine the same character, but a 2 dimensional, uglier version with no sense of humour and you're not far off the mark.
I was tempted to read this based on the positive reviews including some praising the dialogue. But the dialogue is not witty and is in fact unremarkable and often there isn't much of it. Richard makes threats, Simon likes to make shocking statements that prove how naughty and clever he is (well at least to the ignorant and gullible people the author has made the other characters), Alys often sits with her eyes down cast, silently seething at everyone and Ken and Barbie, sorry Claire and Thomas, just argue innanely.