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This Tale Never Rises Above The Ordinary
on 7 August 1999
Despite the author's obvious serious intent here, I found myself struggling to finish this work. It never caught my imagination, let alone my full attention, and I found myself rather wearied by a storyline that never really stood out, characters that to a large degree seemed typecast and standard, and an ending where everyone pairs up and lives happily ever after. Despite moments of originality in the use of magic and illumination, as well as successful characterizations, such as the Emiths, overall the story becomes quickly stale, and the characters rather shallow. The relationship between Angeline - supposedly a queen - and her "no-good" dog Snowy is just too precious, the reunion of Ravis and Malray unconvincing and contrived, the tormented figure of King Izgard familiar and rote, and the relationship of Ravis and Tessa lacking all passion. Further, the author's reliance on the outworn device of shifting her main character between parallel worlds was off-putting right from the start. Despite Jones' dedicated effort at writing, this work lacks any real life. I am baffled by those who are laudatory: This work never rises above the ordinary.