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on 11 August 2013
This is genuinely dreadful. It fails as a novel on so many levels I think it may have been written for a bet. Let's start with first principles: the English language. This has been written by a child with access to a thesaurus, but not a dictionary. Consequently there are misused words scattered throughout the text. Basic errors such as misspelling wretch for retch and sight for site make me think the editor was blind or drunk. Blind drunk perhaps, but in any event in need of a forced career change.
It reaches hysterical proportions when in the space of the same paragraph, girl A is described as an "unsurpassable beauty", and by the end of the paragraph girl B is "as beautiful or more so." Did anyone proof read this nonsense, or like any sensible person did they give up after the first few pages? I only persevered because I wanted to write this review, and I felt I owed it the author to keep trying.
The characters are bland to the point of invisibility, I found myself cheering on the bad guys in the hope that Sim, Annoya and that other chick could be subjected to a gruesome death.
So a poor text peopled by the inane, surely the world building could redeem the novel? Alas no, just a tired list of tropes and nothing new. Suspension of disbelief you ask? Wrong. For example: the main character is an innkeeper's son. This must be the only inn in all created worlds where no one talks, at all, about anything, ever. This innkeeper's son is unaware of the name of the king that has ruled for a thousand years, or that at the other end of the island he lives on, rich folk fly around on enormous lizards. He lives and works in an inn. He's twenty-one and in all that time no one has mentioned the thousand year old king, or the flying lizards.
There are only two reasons spend your money here: either your money is not hard earned and you are living off immoral earnings; or you need to remind yourself just how talented the good writers are, by reading this as an extreme left hand benchmark. The five star reviews must have been written by the author's mum.