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A struggle to get halfway
on 1 June 2018
My mistake was not reading the reviews before purchasing this book. An author’s note in the Legends of Muirwood series (which I thoroughly enjoyed) referred to this book as being one of his favourites, which I took to be sufficient recommendation.
I am just over halfway through the book (300+ pages) and despite not liking to leave a book unfinished, really cannot take anymore. I find it poorly written; with page after page of uninteresting narrative; no depth of story and paper-thin characters wondering about for days on end in heaven only knows what direction, miraculously surviving all manner of pitfalls (literally) and without achieving anything at all.
Many characters and locations are reminiscent (in a bad way) of those devised by Tolkien and Rowling, which is irritating.
Other reviewers report an improvement in subsequent novels by this author, I shan’t be finding out.