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Duped and disappointed
on 7 June 2014
I bought this book on the strength of the 'glowing' reviews of other Amazon readers, and was really looking forward to a compelling (if somewhat long) read. How disappointed I was! I finally threw the towel in at page 422 - a new experience for me as I can't actually recall ever having done so before. As I'm retired now, I read 3/4 books a week, and rarely (if ever) fail to finish one - even if I'm not really enjoying it, so Arcanum is a 'first' for me.
I found the plot weak; the prose dull and tedious and and the characters poorly drawn and totally uninspiring. Indeed, I considered the whole book infantile and amateurish in its concept and storyline. Arcanum is most certainly not to be compared with the fantasies produced by the great writers that we all know and love.
There is much I could say about the individual characters, but it will suffice to observe that they are shallow, unconvincing and uninteresting. Sprouting dwarves, shrinking giants, a berserker huntsman, a feisty jewess who morphs from a rebellious housekeeper to become the consort of a 12 year old prince!
Yes, I appreciate that its a fantasy, but it simply did not convince; it did not grip and it became more tedious with each passing page - on reflection, I'm surprised that I made it to page 422!
I acknowledge that my comments are in conflict with the many positive reviews of this book, but I felt compelled to record my views so that the potential buyer has a different perspective to consider.