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on 12 April 2014
I loved Ms Wurts "Empire" books, so I was looking forward to reading this series. The story itself is excellent, very unusual and with lots of potential. Unfortunately the author has decided to write in the most flowery and pretentious style imaginable. This is not a quick read, you have to fight your way through every sentence in order to find the story. On many occasions the prose wanders so far away from the plot that you lose your way, and many times I found myself asking "what has just happened?"
Over the whole series there are many times that I can manage to pick holes in the logic of the story, and that is ultimately very frustrating. The world the story is set in is huge, well crafted but due to the small size of the maps in the books and their complexity, it is lost on you, which is a shame, also a few character have similar names which due to the complexity of the writing causes confusion.
Arriving at the end of Book 8 the conclusion was satisfactory-just, but a little disappointing. Still imagine my shock to discover that the series continues in Book 9. Reading this book upset me no-end, it begins 250years after the last one, omits many storylines and then proceeds to essentially start the series all over again. The main character fall back into their previous positions, and pretty much start again. Nothing inventive in this book whatsoever! In fact, to me being very cynical, I saw it as nothing more than a money making scheme. Very disappointed in a well respected author stooping to such tactics.
I don't like giving negative revues to books, the author slaves for months/years on their projects and deserve recognition for their work, But in this case, Janny Wurts has achieved nothing more than alienating her readership.