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3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read, often left confussed. Review of all 3books, 11 Nov 2009
This review is from: The Way Of Shadows: Book 1 of the Night Angel (Paperback)
I bought this trilogy on the basis of it having 4.5 on the reviews. As someone who reads a lot of fantasy i was expecting a lot more from this book and the other two. Credit to the author in that it is a very creative trilogy and the ideas behind it were good, although not great.
These books were very difficult to read. Unless your totally focused on the book with no distractions of any sort, I think you may struggle reading these books (although even then you may get confussed at times). The story is all over the place and i feel that he discribed certain things in far too much detail, and in areas of the book where it is really not necessay. One example of this, I have just read in the third book, where he suddenly introduces a new character and a city all in the same paragraph. At this point I just skipped through the unnecessary droll about the architecture and workings of some towers, and felt no worse off for missing it out. Another one where he discribed a characters personality in reference to music (which was completely out of key to the rest of the book and not at all needed in my opinion).
Another thing i struggled with was the shear volume of characters in this book. All had names and personalities that needed to be learned and I often felt lost and confussed as to who I was reading about. Some names were so similar that I didnt realise I was reading about someone else until much further on and was left not knowing what on earth was going on.
Personally I feel that all 3 of these books need to be reread, ulthough I dont feel as though I have the patience or energy to go through it all again.
Credit given though about the main characters. I wanted to know what was going to happen to them all the way through the book and the suspence was killing me when waiting as i read about other people. MAybe more focus on these and less on other characters would have made these books more enjoyable.
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