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Highly Entertaining And Original Tale Let Down By Hurried End 7/10
on 11 March 2014
A very entertaining read, highly original and fantastic descriptions giving depth and atmosphere. However, once the climax (no spoilers) is reached, the repercussions and threads are quickly tied up in the last 10 pages (of 290) and not altogether convincing, giving the impression the writer had run out of steam and just wanted to finish the story and get on with her life.
Also, there is a plot device towards the end, giving accounts of a significant plot incident from the perspective of the two characters involved, which is only used once. Undoubtedly works, but I was left wondering why it was only used once ?
Overall, I'm left with the impression, that this is one or two drafts short of being the final article - or it may be that it has been over-edited ? The rushed ending certainly gives the impression it was cut down to keep it under 300 pages, which is a pity.
Having said all that, thoroughly enjoyable.