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There seems to be a story developing for the first 580 pages (out of 590) and then everything suddenly just comes to a halt without any plausible explanation as to:
1) who exactly was Olivia, why she betrayed Shimon's family to the Inquisition but was rather sympathetic to August and what is her connection to Tyson;
2) who killed Professor Copps and why?
3) why was Olivia and Tyson following August?
4) where and when did Gabirel try the plant that gave him the "sight"?
5) who ordered Charlie's execution and why?
6) how did August make his way back to England to prove his innocence?
I believe that the three embarrassingly rushed "romantic" scenes towards the end of the book should have been replaced with passages answering at least some of questions above - but it looks like the page count was sadly more important than logical composition of the plot to the editors.
The characters are boring and not very believable - rather stereotyped and predictable and not very likable, either. I thought I might like Izarra but she didn't cut it in the end with her crazy act of pointless martyrdom.
The author wanted to demonstrate her knowledge of the Tree of Life but even that was done rather clumsily.
Several other reviewers mentioned that the book is poorly researched from historical point of view and I have to agree - Ottomans in the 8th century? Elvis popular in Germany in 1953? Please!!!
Oh, and the "marvellous bonus" chapter has got a number of spelling mistakes without adding any value to the storyline.
The hero is unengaging bordering on repellent. The style is pure Dan Brown at his worst at times but I think I expected that. There was a point where I began to think it was an English language translation such were the grammatical and punctuation mistakes but after about 100 pages those problems disappear so I suppose it simply hasn't been proof read properly.
Style quibbles aside, this ought to have been a romp - a guilty pleasure - but on the whole it is just dull.
By about halfway through I happened to re-read the back cover synopsis which detailed the three main elements of the story and realised that there was a whole segment of the plot which had apparently been clumsily edited out of the story altogether, namely: ".....a band of black-magic worshippers has gathered in London....."
This finally explained the odd character of Olivia and various holes in the plot; from there the disappointment grew and grew but I hung on till the end of the book, hoping that when the lead character solved the central mystery it could still provide a satisfying end to the story.
I was therefore very annoyed to find that the last few pages were a hurried mess, the `big mystery' just wasn't, and to top it all this was then followed by an invitation to visit the author's webpage for a bonus chapter to find out what happens next.
Naively thinking this might explain everything I did just that, but was stunned to find that this was just a gimmick - in order to have access to this bonus chapter the reader is required to provide their email address to subscribe to the author's newsletter !
I have never reviewed a book like this before but this kind of treatment compels me to voice my complaint - even if the editors ignore it then at least I may have saved someone else from similar disappointment.Read more ›
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This book took me 100 pages before I started to think it was going to be a really good read. It didn't turn out to be one, although there were some parts that got really... Read morePublished 20 months ago by maggie
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