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Dreary and uninspiring...
on 2 January 2010
This book could have been good. The premise is interesting, I liked the idea of having a protag with a home life and a child, I thought it was original that this was all taken away from her when she was turned into a fish by an evil faerie and didn't return to human form until 14 years later...But it fell flat. There is so much you can do with faeries and I can understand that it can be difficult to write but the author just seems to bombard you with endless information and hardly any action. It's just details and boring internal dialogue. There is just too much world building. The plot is slow in progression,when you get to 200 pages into the book and you are no where nearer to solving the mystery it doesn't keep the reader interested IMO.
The other problem that I had was Toby with herself. Who wants to read about a depressed heroine who didn't want to do her job? Toby had given up on her life, her fiance and child didn't want to see her and she just...gave up. There were so many questions to be asked especially with her being away for 14 years and she didn't bother. I got tired of her mentioning that she wasn't as powerful as the other fey because she was only half fey, Toby just seemed to be a shell of a woman going through the motions because she was bound by magic to do so. I don't need a kick as heroine with a smart mouth in every book but I want someone with passion and purpose and Toby failed on both parts. Not very inspiring to read.