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I had conflicting feelings about this book - more than any book I've ever read before
on 1 June 2014
I felt compelled to write a review as I hoped the author might read it and while it is only my personal view, it seems to echo a few of the other reviews.
In short, the author, Robert Davies is very talented. This book had some beautiful and stunning moments. The characters (generally,) were well written and in the chapters where the Silas meets his future partner there were moments of real emotional connection.
His writing style, in this book, is very descriptive. This is completely wonderful to start with; there are also periods where it is justified and it is up there with the very best I have read.
Reading this was incredibly hard work. It took me far longer to read than it should have. I had to push through through sheer will and determination (not generally a good thing in a book). The descriptive prose was so over the top in parts, that it really took away from what could have been a spectacular book. For example I could write about a puddle, tell the reader in incredible detail about the puddle and what I have written is beautiful and insightful; however if I spent the next paragraph still describing the puddle then when I eventually finish I start to describe the pavement it sits on in the same way, it starts to lose impact and slows the entire flow of the story. If this happened once, not a problem. However 60-70% of the book is like this. Entire sections of the book seem to add little to the story progression.
Fewer descriptive paragraphs would give them far greater impact. It would also enable what is a wonderful story-line and great characters to take more prominence.
As I said at the start he has a genuine talent, but sometimes less is more, far far more.
I know Robert has a full time career and producing a novel is an achievement in itself, but I hope he manages to read some of the reader feedback given in these reviews as I feel he has a bright future if he or someone else is much stricter with the editing process.