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Getting there slowly...
on 3 January 2012
I received this with some anticipation having read some promising reviews, and was eager to dive in and explore a new world.
Well, it was a bit like swimming in treacle and in the end I opted for skimming through the pages, slowing only when something interesting was happening - and that wasn't often until the last third, when the pace picked up again.
To be fair David has created an interesting world, with intriguing hints of the "other lands" beyond. He has also given us a cast of characters who are more complex than usual - the problem is, as others have commented, that we don't really get to know them very well - or find anyone to root for. It's all rather impersonal and I found it difficult to emotionally engage with any of them.
I will probably give the next one a go as I'm curious enough to explore his world - but at the moment the world is considerably more interesting than the characters.