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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Enjoyed reading all 3 books straight through.
Will have to get the next 2 in the series to see what happens
Published 1 month ago by G M BROWN

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of potential but failed to engage me...
The storyline, concept and world building is fascinating. My issue, however, was the characterization. I didn't connect with Ciardis, at all. I am half way through book 1 and struggling to care about her, her adventures or her problems. It is not that she is whiny, as some heroins that annoy readers in reviews. It is not that she is inconsistent or vague. She just doesn't...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of potential but failed to engage me..., 18 Jun 2014
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Elle L "of the Dark Woods" (Belly of the Beast (Athens)) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Courtlight Series Boxed Set (Books 1, 2, 3) (Kindle Edition)
The storyline, concept and world building is fascinating. My issue, however, was the characterization. I didn't connect with Ciardis, at all. I am half way through book 1 and struggling to care about her, her adventures or her problems. It is not that she is whiny, as some heroins that annoy readers in reviews. It is not that she is inconsistent or vague. She just doesn't have any of the qualities that make me care about a book protagonist enough to follow through all their character arc. Apart from the fact that she is an orphan, of low upbringing (till she discovers she is not) and considers herself as "lower" than others. That on its own would be a sweet element of a protagonist character, only if he/she demonstrated a will to act somehow. The author, however, does not give us clues for her character, or builds her multi-dimensionally as a real person with inner conflicts, bad and good mixed together in an interesting mix, demons that need to be conquered etc. I mean, look at other famous fantasy heroins, ie Jelena from Poison Study. We know from first pages that she is determined, that she is a survivor, that she is smart. Or Fire, from Kashore's Fire, she is so beautiful but nonchalant about it, she is caring, she is sacrificial in her attitude towards others. That something extra would make for an unput-downable read! I will continue reading though, maybe she is a slow starter....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 4 Jun 2014
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Enjoyed reading all 3 books straight through.
Will have to get the next 2 in the series to see what happens
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