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Sparked out before it fulfilled its potential,
This review is from: The Book of Fires (Hardcover)
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This book is very historically accurate, and carefully researched. It's very evocative, and I felt that I was in the hands of an author who knew her subject well. Unfortunately I couldn't quite believe in her characters and although I wanted to know how the book ended, I didn't read on out of sheer unadulterated enjoyment. As other reviewers have stated, I felt "distanced" from the characters and this made it difficult to care about them. The first person narrative, which should make you feel you're inside the character, gave the impression of a woman talking behind a pane of glass, without any emotion or warmth. Agnes simply tells her story and herein lies the book's downfall. I came away feeling strangely unaffected by it and I like to be able to "taste" a book long after I've turned the final page. The book *is* worth reading for historical interest, but I'm not sure I'd seek out another by this author.