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Posted February 25, 2009
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Proof that the cover and synopsis sells a book
After reading this book's synopsis on the flap, you'd think that this would be an engaging, interesting fantasy read....but, boy, would you be mistaken. There are just so many things wrong with this book, the main ones being: the story is meted out in baby spoonfuls, giving us tidbits of the characters' pasts (which aren't interesting and too far between to boot), the story takes much too long to get going (they actually get to the island about halfway through the book, with boring build-up to keep you "entertained" until then).
But the biggest problem with the book is the characters: these 5 main fellows maybe the most boring, ill-crafted characters in any book I have ever read. Not only are they not interesting, but it's hard to tell them apart, which is also due to the ridiculous names in this book (Now, I love fantasy, and understand the concept of creating fantastical names, but these were retarded: my favorite was Proiapsen (what?), another bad one was Achaiois) But the main thing is you just don't care about them: there is nothing engaging or interesting about them, and you find yourself wondering why the author chose these characters to carry a book.
The characters are horrible, the story slow and lousy, and the writing is bleh at best. Save yourself 25 bucks and steer clear of this novel and read the much better fantasy out there.
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