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Alright, but I'm Not Inspired to Buy Part Two
on 18 November 2015
I can't help feeling that this book is to Game of Thrones what a school concert is to the Proms. It's certainly nice, but I'm not of the opinion that it's the masterpiece it has been touted as. I don't feel like I particularly wasted my time reading it, and there was a lovely little dark twist at the end, but I still felt something lacking. I confess to having had high expectations for this book generated mainly from all the positive reviews on the front and back cover and on the first few pages of the book itself, all proof that many people do think it's something exceptional, however I'm just not quite with them. It's good, but not THAT good -at least, that's how I see it. Whilst the basic story is good and the protagonist interesting, other characters seemed lacking, the pirate captain in particular felt a little cringeworthy, and the interrelationships near enough non-existent. One of the main twists is nicely played out but certainly nothing new, and at certain times the story just felt a little bland to me. On the other hand, Yarvi was a character I wanted to support, despite a disproportionate amount of heartache: issues with his father, mother, self-esteem and physique are frequently hammered home. That said, I did appreciate the representation of his disability within the story, whilst Abercrombie was occasionally a little heavy-handed (pun intended) in his treatment of the issue, reminding the reader repeatedly of Yarvi's withered limb, it is never the most interesting thing about him, yet nor is it conveniently forgotten when he becomes a hero.
Worth a read if you want a fantasy novel for a rainy weekend, but lacking in the rich intrigue and complexity of something like Game of Thrones.