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A few kingdoms with flattish characters
on 29 March 2017
It has virtues. The viewpoint character is well drawn as are a few of the gods. The metaphysics (for want of a better world) are also interesting and original to me. I find the plotting only so so - i just don't believe in the accession ceremony as being at all convincing - and the background characters very one dimensional. Perhaps the feeling of depth picks up in later books. I just couldn't feel very involved in this and it didn't feel like there was much behind things. A hundred thousand kingdoms, felt like a few dozen at most, and most of those sketched in with a breazy hand. ... Perhaps I am being too hard. The book is quite well written and interestingly develops the female viewpoint character which I think is not so often done in this genre. That said the drawn to the darkness element seems a little too Emily Bronte goes fantasy for me. I guess the lack of involvement is the real thing though. I found it difficult to really care about the non-god characters at all as they were drawn too thinly. Post George RR Martin you really want these characters to have engaging inner lives. That's not how it felt too me here.