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Possibly for teenagers?
on 27 December 2013
Parts of this book seemed to me to be aimed at teenagers, and then came battles with lots of gore - arms lopped off, throats slit, etc.
I like some fantasy to make a change from my usual diet of murders, mysteries and detective stories. If fantasy is the only genre you like,
then this book is probably for you, though there are better examples out there.
I like elves (the good guys here) and dragons (good and bad ones in the book) and some of the characters were interesting.
However, I became really irritated by the use of modern slang in what was supposedly "the olden days". For example - "you guys";
"no way!"; "something was off" (and not food!); "blow me!" etc.
Also, Sasha, the sister of the adopted Legon, suffered from what was obviously epilepsy, but the family called her fits "episodes" and
the villagers thought she was possessed by demons. Fair enough - except later they knew the disease diphtheria!
It was slow in parts, and a bit repetitive as Arkin, their guide, tries to teach them magic to defend themselves.
However, overall it was an o.k. read, but I won't bother with the rest of the series.