This is a book I had trouble judging by the cover (a little too pearly and purply), title (kind of flat), or excerpt (hard to follow) but I can safely say that the interior shines. From the many mythological names that are bandied about, the rich historical set pieces, the snappy dialogue, and even the atmosphere of the first couple of pages (something that I don’t see that often), this book manages to entertain and I imagine for some it will educate as well (an edutaining read).
I mean I’m not completely sure of the details in the historical set pieces but there are so many (and they pass the believability test) that you just have to let it wash over you. You may be thinking during the first historical set piece, this is pretty strange and incomplete but as the book works its magic a very large and long plot is delivered rather punchily.
It has a certain rhythm to it that makes part one easily the best read. The other two parts, although still as well-paced, don’t do as much as jumping although there are some nice switches in perspective. The side characters get a lot of love in this book and I appreciate that. At a certain point one has to admire the clarity with which these characters are presented because so many go by many names and have lived eons. The biggest fault that can be laid upon the book is that it ends on a dreadful cliffhanger, effectively delivering a half or perhaps less of a promising plot. I am glad that she didn’t try to tie up all the loose ends within ten pages (although for awhile there I thought she might) but it is a shame to have to wait and see how all the hoops will fall in the sequel.
|Recommendation:||A criminally great and short read|
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