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This review is from: The Sentinel Mage (Cursed Kingdoms Trilogy) (Paperback)
I really enjoyed Emily Gee's first two books (Thief with No Shadow, The Laurentine Spy) as they didn't go down the line of fantasy cliche. Sadly her third book seems to be trying to make up for lost time.
It reads like Gee has taken Dianna Wynne Jones' "Tough Guide to Fantasyland" and used it as a recipe for this novel. Included in the cover price:
- part one of a trilogy
- a curse that can only be broken by a mage of the royal line
- a prince with mage blood who didn't know it
- an evil king (who's murdered at least a couple of his four wives)
- his 'Mary-Sue' paragon of a daughter.
- misunderstood shapeshifters
- perilous mountain ranges and canyons
- assorted supporting characters that are paper thin.
I didn't quite consign it to the 'DNF' file but it was a close thing, and I don't think I'll bother with the rest of the trilogy. How disappointing.