- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1371 KB
- Print Length: 297 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dana Marton; 2 edition (1 Mar. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U6PJ14K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
I initially gave this book a high rating on my first read but I have re-read it for review purposes and now I’m not so sure. You know how you read Twilight for the first time and you’re all like “SPARKLES!” and then when you re-read it, it’s bit like what a pathetic mess you are Bella Swan…I liked the idea behind the story, but I think the execution’s a bit of a misfire. Initially the writing felt choppy and stilted, whereas a lot of the scenes were quite bland. Eventually the writing did balance out and there was more of a flow to it but still, first impressions count. There was a lot of potential but I really do think in the hands of someone like Sarah J Maas this could have been epic. I know it’s a bit unfair to make that comparison but I do believe it’s all about the craft. You can turn the dullest of stories in the most epic of epics with a talented craftsman.
To expand on the above, my issues are that the characters lacked depth, the heroine was pretty one dimensional and the scenes were either placeholders or just rushed through at train wreck speed. There were some characters who held the promise to become interesting and engaging however they didn’t occupy many words and I felt like that was a missed opportunity. Where’s the world building! Our heroine is a healer who is unfortunately sold as a slave into a household where she meets a fellow slave. Despite them not really knowing each other, or even having much “page time” together they become the best of friends on in the book, not sure how plausible this is.Read more ›
Alright, the premise is good. The setting is good. The potential is there... But I couldn't help comparing this one with Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan, and it kept coming up short. There is no either coherency to the plot or a strong, charismatic love story, and the book which started strong, lost me by its ending. Otherwise it's an enjoyable enough read.
Really enjoyed it and am about to start the second straightaway!!
The main characters are nice, if a bit cardboard cutout and perfect-mary-sue ish. The plot is reasonably entertaining, but likewise has a whiff of generic-convenient-fantasy theme. The writing style was not hard to read, no grammar/typos to irritate. My only complaint about this book is that I didn't feel the author conveyed the pacing of the story sufficiently. Everything had a very And then- and then- and then- and then quality, which made the reading experience a little bit bland, no suspense, no build up to critical scenes.
All round a pleasant read. I had fun, this was a nice bit of fluff for the price, but I'm not dying to read the sequel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
loved the blend of cultures and the way the story carries you alongPublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm a huge fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley and for years I've been trying to find a storyteller who can match her.
I found her when I read this book. Read more
well written story with amazing characters, couldnt put it down from the first moment i opened it, cannot wait for the next instalment. highly recommend the series.Published 14 months ago by Katie
A good read which kept my attention and made me want to find out what was going to happen to the characters. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sarah P