4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Run of the mill,
This review is from: A Cavern Of Black Ice: Book 1 of the Sword of Shadows (Paperback)
I think after reading Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin I've been spoiled for most fantasy. A Cavern of Black Ice is about three main characters: Raif Sevrance, who can kill people/animals by connecting with their heart (gag me), Ash March, a child found and raised by an evil almost-incestuous surlord who has to fight to keep the unexplained Evil Demons from exploding out of her, and Effie Sevrance, Raif's little sister, who "sees things." Raif was a member of a clan based loosely on Scottish Clans, and it's winter and very cold. I lost count of how many times ice and coldness were explained and described.
This was an 800 page book, but the character development was lacking. The characters seemed far from real and there was very little plot. There was far too much reliance on magic. I like magic in fantasy as an allegory and something to thicken the plot, but I don't like it when it is the entire plot. It means that the author is basing the story on nothing.
I read another book of J.V. Jones a couple of years ago called The Barbed Coil, and while that wasn't extraordinary, the characters were more believable (in a book 200 pages shorter) and the main idea was at least slightly more original, if no closer to being believable (a girl with tinnitus from our world falls into an alternate world where magic is woven like celtic knots). I won't finish this series.