4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Sadly deficient by-the-numbers swords and sorcery.,
This review is from: The Fifth Sorceress (Chronicles of Blood & Stone 1) (Paperback)
Fortunately I bought this from a charity shop, as I would have resented spending any more on it. You can take it as read that I'm in agreement with all of the negative reviews (I'm glad I wasn't the only one maddened by the 'infamous eyebrow'), but I just feel I need to add that the greatest weakness is in the villains. The heroes are irritating and two-dimensional, but the villains are truly one-dimensional. All they do is act EVIL. As the author piles on more atrocities and weakly described tortures, they become mere caricatures. A villain needs to have more to them than just perpetual villainy to hold any attention. (Oh, and the blonde ringlets and sarcastic smile were nearly as annoying as the eyebrow). The character descriptions read as if he's referring to a notebook and adding in the little sketch he's written each time a character is mentioned - it's no good saying someone is sarcastic all the time if they hardly get a line of dialogue and what they do say isn't noticably sarcastic. Finally, a word on the sex - very mundane depravity (if you see what I mean!) with amusingly coy descriptions. Either go for it properly and have lots of sex (which is often a complete disaster) or leave it out or have it happen offstage.
P.S. Much too long, as is frequently the case these days. Does no editor edit any more? This might well have been considerably improved if it was about half the length as it would have picked up the pace and forced the removal of dull, verbose, but flat description.