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The first chapter was intriguing and drew me in. The sort of slightly confusing disorientation that you get at the start of any book set in an alternate world or time was gentle and I settled into it fairly easily, interested to learn more.
Then the story jumps forward in time and I lost the plot. Literally. I had no idea what was going on for ages. It was only around the 40% mark that I began to get a proper grasp on the proceedings and started to enjoy the story again - up until that part I was forcing myself through.
That said, from the moment everything began to click, I really enjoyed Angel on the Ropes and found myself immersed in a bold world similar enough to our own to be familiar but different enough to be exciting. I loved the danger and the secrecy and the constant fear of discovery in the life of Amandine and her relationships with the other characters were rounded and full.
I think this is what was missing at the beginning - depth of character. Everyone was introduced fast and fleetingly to make sure they were all there right at the start, but that just meant that I didn't really care about any of them because I barely knew them and didn't understand who they were or why they were around. This was sad because some of the characters turned out to be both important and really engaging, I just feel they could have been introduced slower or slightly differently to bring out the best in both them and the storyline. A small niggle but one that almost had me giving up on a book that I eventually enjoyed.
The scenes involving Amandine in action on the trapeze were beautiful. It is clear that a lot of careful research and study was done and each routine was minutely planned out and presented as if the reader were there in the circus audience. I loved it, the flow and swing and gymnastic prowess was magical and had me utterly enthrealled. I do fear a little though that the scenes may lose other readers becuase they were quite lengthy and used quite a lot of technical jargon which anyone with even an interest in gymnastics would know but could alienate others more unfamiliar it. Luckily gymnastics is close to my heart so it all appealed to me and the scenes were light and entralling to read - easily some of my favourite moments in the book.
The romance was a bit of a funny one. I adored the relationship that built between Amandine and Nikos and believed every second of it as they ebbed and flowed from lust and love to jealousy and back again but in contrast the relationship between Amandine and Malaga felt flat and forced. I know this relationship is supposed to be faltering and 'not right' for Amandine but it felt a little shoe-horned in for the purposes of the storyline. By the end it was acceptable and understandable but by then it was almost too late and I had lost my faith in Malaga as a character overall, which is a shame because she was almost my favourite. Almost.
I enjoyed Angel On The Ropes once I got well into it. With a bit of tweaking and rearranging it could have been a brilliant science fiction romp that I loved from start to finish but as it is, I nearly gave up on it really early on.
When I first started reading this book I was quite taken aback by the leopard revelation. I thought at first it was maybe a children’s book that I had accidentally requested to review. After I read a few more pages I realised the story was a futuristic, sci-fi/fantasy tale.
The story follows Amandine as she performs at the circus and helps her own kind, the leopards, find safety with the help of a group of people known as the Seekers. The story has a fair amount of terms and characters that are often referred to and I was left wondering if this particular story was part of a series. I felt a little more description would have helped the reader to better understand some parts.
That said, the story is quite interesting, particularly for sci-fi/fantasy lovers. For all there was a lack of description for some characters involvement I did enjoy the read. Towards the end I felt quite a lot of things were rushed, but also there are a lot of loose ends – the hook for a sequel?
I felt the author researched the circus background pretty well, the scenes where Amandine and Jango are performing and practising their trapeze sequences were very well written. I loved all of the circus parts, felt a strong sense of hatred towards the Plaguellants – who I felt were very cruel.
I thought the book was a good read, particulalrly if you enjoy this genre. I am not so sure readers who aren’t familiar with the sci-fi/fantasy genre would appreciate it though, it is pretty futuristic and leans heavily on the fantasy – which makes it a wonderful read for anyone who loves this genre.
Well written, one or two confusing parts – for me, anyway – but on the whole a good read.
**** 4 stars.
Leopard people we are told first appeared at the same time as a new plague began to spread and while this was a coincidence not everyone saw it that way. Amandine has been in hiding for most of her life and the circus gave her a way to earn her living in safety as well as teaching her the joys of almost-flight. She has made friends and fitted in well. Other leopard people however are in peril as hunters find them so she tries to help them reach sanctuary.
We get the viewpoint of the main antagonist, a priest called Brother Sterling, perhaps a little too often as this distracts us from Amandine's story.
The world building is excellent and rich detail does not overwhelm because we can take it at a suitable rate. An introduced species, an alien fish from Earth which could outcompete the local fish, provides some grisly pages but does show how close the mindset of the priests and the people trying to stop the spread of this invasive alien can come.
Overall this is a well-researched book with plenty of action, circus detail and environmental awareness. SF fans will be happiest with the read but other readers such as those who like paranormal stories can also enjoy it.
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