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Not the best young adult fantasy I've read, but not a complete waste of time.
on 24 February 2015
I read the entire trilogy (as I brought the compiled edition) in a span of two weeks. Gripping enough in the "I want to know what happens next" kind of way, but once I've finished it, I find it quite forgettable. I write this review a year after reading it, and all I remember was that I felt no sympathy towards Kylar as he felt two-dimensional to me, and I couldn't bring myself to care about him -- and I do like being able to care about the characters.
Weeks seems to have enjoyed writing this as he built his world, and I give him kudos for that. Probably the only thing that kept me going were the cities and places, and the cultures he brought to life. He has a clear idea of what world his characters move around in. I feel that he could do with more guidance in fleshing out characters more and to bring them out of his head and flesh them out for his readers. He certainly has the potential for it, as shown in his writing of Momma K, Jarl, and Logan.
Not the best young adult fantasy I've read, but not a complete waste of time either. It's good for a one-time read and I actually would love to see more of what Weeks has to offer.
On a funny note, one of the things that I will never forget was Weeks' fixation on Doll Girl's scars and breasts, and Viridiana's... breasts.