This is a rather mediocre fantasy book. It is a High Fantasy setting, and has all the cliches that go along with it. A lowly boy who finds himself in possetion of magical powers, a kind hearted, beautiful young lady fleeing a bad marriage, a knight on a great quest, evil villains...basically anything you could think of. Well, except for talking animals. Hadn't run into any of those by the time I gave up.
Now, in and of itself, that doesn't make for a bad book. However, every character is completely two-dimensional. Many of them are quite stupid as well. There's no depth, there's nothing interesting about them, there's certainly nothing to make me feel connected to them. Even the bad guys don't register as interesting. The closest thing we came to interesting, fleshed out characters are the knight and the wise man that gave the knight his quest. But the wise man is only around for a few pages, and the knight isn't enough to carry the book by himself.
The author apparently had a hard time deciding if she were writing a young adult novel, or an adult novel. The tone of the writing feels like it's best suited for a young adult novel. However, in the first 175 pages there is one rape, two attempted rapes (one of a young 11 year old girl) and one rape that probably would have happened if I had just kept reading. Not to mention the torture scene. And then there's amazingly detailed description of one of the bad guys enjoying a treat of live oysters. Rather adult topics that felt completely out of place in this book.
Jack and melli i found to be boring characters. . But i truly loved Baralis and Maybors feuding and all the chaos within those two! they were truly interesting.
I finished the book just to see what happened with those two! ahhaha i felt like Jack and Melli were under developed as characters, and often times boring.
all in all the book is not a bad read, its a different kind of fantasy, not as dark as her new series, or what i prefer but i would reccomend this book only to people that enjoy certain typed of fantasies, its really a book that you will either find boring or really love. But i suggest you reade it and see for yourself. . .A few of the characters alone are well worth the read.. .
I give the book 3 out of 5
Book 1 of a trilogy. Good Fantasy, good enough to make me buy the other 2 books anyway.
The story seems good and the characters are interesting, but the writing was so amateurish, I couldn't finish reading it.
For a debut, this is nice.Politics abound with plots everywhere.Nasty villian, clueless hero and very funny interludes from some drunk guards.lenghty pages, but easily read.first of a trilogy.