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Not as good as I expected,
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This review is from: Thief's Magic: Book 1 of Millennium's Rule (Hardcover)
As a massive Trudi Canavan fan, I feel disappointed and annoyed that I can only give this book 3 stars. I'm now worried that she has peaked and will not able to produce the excellent story-telling that I rely on her for! Anyway lets start with the pros.
- The writing is still as descriptive and clear as ever.
- The worlds are interesting and well thought out, with good examples of how magic effects society.
- There are parts of the book that are simply gripping.
- The book that is/was a person is a great concept.
Canavan is still great at building interesting magical societies and presenting great concepts. There were some parts of the story that made the book difficult to put down, and actually I was keen to get to the end to see what would happen.
- There were hardly any interesting characters, and definitely NOT the main characters. They are both bland, do-gooder types that things happen to and who don't particularly make the decision to do anything interesting for the majority of the book. (The main characters usually are in Canavans books, I'm realising.) The other characters were either stock baddies or stock goodies - not much complexity about them at all. There was a really interesting character mentioned numerous times that we never meet or find out more about.
- A lot of the book drags. It feels like it is a prologue for a more interesting story.
- The book that is/was a person doesn't really... do... much. There isn't anything spectacular around this element of the book, almost as if the concept of it should be enough. The way in which the book works is also similar to a concept used in Harry Potter.
- The two different story-lines never merge or overlap. It's like reading two different books because they were in different worlds so it felt disjointed and a bit pointless - I didn't like it.
- Based on the climax of the story its pretty easy to have a good idea of what is going to happen in the next book/s so I don't feel particularly interested in reading on.
It feels as though this is a forced trilogy and that Canavan is saving some of the best bits until the later books but I don't think I can continue. I will however hope that her next series will be back to her usual standard.