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Scarrow not on form,
This review is from: Sword and Scimitar (Hardcover)
This is, far and away, the worst Simon Scarrow book I've read. The main characters are not really very engaging and the evil enemies lack both depth and colour. The language, especially the dialogue, is often stilted and so overly emotional that it becomes annoying, at least to me.
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The story itself is too full of plot twists and "side quests". Scarrow has tried to make the siege of Malta even more exciting by adding further elements to his story. The result is rather messy and unfocused. Sword and Scimitar is a love story, a spy novel, a siege story, a father and unknown but estranged son get reunited and found a strong bond story, an anti-war and anti-extremism story and probably a few other side stories, but I kind of lost track.
All in all; it doesn't work for me. Scarrow should have adhered closer to the main point of the story and focused more on the siege itself. A lot of his sub-plots could probably have been contained in this setting and the story could have been more streamlined.