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Good plot - poor editing
on 14 February 2013
Firstly, be aware that the last 9% of the download is the opening chapters of 'Demonsouled'. Be aware, also, that 'The Ghost in the Stone' is riddled with spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors, to say nothing of the ugly expression (used several times) 'did a curtsy'. Since the author asked for comments, I did, after the last book, which was full of the same errors, e-mail him, pointing them out, but clearly he was only interested in flattering observations, because he's neither replied, nor made the effort to have better editing and proof-reading carried out. Pity, because there are some howling errors, such as 'trying to kill both X, and Y and Z'; 'his read rolling to the side' and 'It is hard to turn a profit will frozen in stone'.
Despite the foregoing, this is still an enjoyable series, and Caina is clearly being developed for a major struggle with her inner Moroaica, and probably also for an on-going romance with Corvalis. I'm beginning to wish, however, that she would give a rest to her perpetual harping on about her inability to have children, which, rather like sex in a Mills & Boon novel, appears with monotonous regularity several times within each book - it no longer excites sympathy, merely 'oh, not again!'. I would have liked to have seen a little more of the other members of the team, but it looks as though Caina may be heading off in another direction in future. I sincerely hope that, whatever else happens, the author takes steps to reduce the number of errors, because they've become distracting, and undermine his credibility as a professional writer. Since he ends the book by saying that the next volume, 'The Ghost in the Forge', will appear in the first half of 2012, but I understand that is now likely to be March/April 2013, I can only hope he's using the delay for that improved editing!