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Great story, bad writing.
on 8 February 2016
The Palace Library is an interesting story aimed towards children, which is really let down by the writing. While the story still shines through, at times the writing felt old fashioned, and didn't really capture the voice need to be a hit with younger readers. Constantly calling the three main characters "the children" came across as almost patronising, while reading about them smoking and drinking mead may be a sore point for parents.
The description of the story grabbed me, which is why I chose to request it in the first place. In a similar vein to Narnia, three children stumble upon a magical library and armed with books and a pet dog they set off on an adventure, seeking to forge a new sword for a medieval kingdom. There's a sea journey, dragons and an evil villian and while I was entertained enough I found myself wishing for a better writer or even a good editor. Some parts were too rushed, while others dragged on.
Ultimately, I couldn't recommend this book until it had been to a good editor and completely rewritten. The set up was clunky at best and needed fleshing out a lot more, and at less than 200 ages this could easily be done to make the story better.