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Master Of Many Treasures Mass Market Paperback – 3 Nov 1995
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Learning that the man she had thought she loved is not a man at all but a dragon, Summer is devastated when the dragon flies away, and she embarks on a challenging and dangerous quest to find him.
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The story just rambled on and on, going nowhere. And the ending was...confusing, to say the least. I re-read the ending three times and I'm still not sure I know what happened. You turn the page to the last chapter, and think, 'am I missing some pages?' or 'is this some kind of misprint or something?' It just makes no sense. Terrible way to end a book, it just ruins the whole thing, not that there was much to ruin to begin with anyway.
First, I should say I really enjoyed the first book in this series. It was original and well-written, if the ending was a little cliched. I really disliked the second book because it was a carbon copy of the first, except with a heroine who was incredibly dumb and who didn't grow and learn anything the entire journey. Her character development was she was fat, she walked for a year and lost weight, then she was beautiful. Please.
Well, in book three, the heroine from book two, skinny Summer, is back. She is 19. She's still dumb. She remains dumb up until she becomes dragon chow. Every time someone issues a warning, you can be sure Summer will ignore it and cause trouble. I lost track of how many times she said something and followed it with "oh I really shouldn't have said that." Every time Dickon, the villain shows up again, even if it's the most unlikely plot development ever, she'll not get rid of him. How many times did we have to see this plot device? It's believable once, maybe twice, but six times? I felt like the author had run out of ideas long before the ending.
Regarding the ending, you know, I don't mind tragic endings. If that's where the story has reason to go, then that's what it should do. But this one had no reason to go there. You could spot the point when that ending was picked, only 20 pages or so from the epilogue. The tone and the side characters suddenly changed into what they hadn't been the rest of the book, as if trying to convince us that what would follow was appropriate. It didn't work. It just was plain bad writing.
Lest you think I liked nothing of the book, I really did love the Silk Road the author built, and the places they passed through. I thought the atmosphere of it was magical, and so it gets two stars from me. I just think this was the only good thing about the book, and it wasn't enough to rescue it. Well, that and we know the heroine won't be in book four.