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The Fire Opal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2007

    A bit dull, but satisfying.

    I picked up this book because the plot sounded pretty interesting. I usually read such authors as Elizabeth Haydon or Kristen Britain, but I was looking for something that might have a bit more romance in it. To be honest, I was disappointed. The first 100 pages were pretty painful to get through. The protagonist is a complete wall flower who, even if she is called 'courageous' in the book, reminds me more of a limp noodle than a brave hero. All of the characters are 2-dimensional, either all bad or all good, and the romance itself is pretty dry. The male hero/love interest in the story is also pretty dull and uninteresting, starting off from page one going on about how beautiful the protagonist is, heading straight from 'I will protect you' to 'have my babies.' Osaro tried to make the romance more dynamic by making the main character doubt herself and his feelings, but it sorta falls flat, and you just get fed up. The dialogue isn't that great either, usually it's contained to only necessary information, with no banter, humor, or bickering. No character development to speak of. Pretty much the whole story was void of personality, including the narrative style. The author has no voice and at times comes out more like she is lecturing than actually writing a book. The only reason why I rate this book 3 stars is because about halfway through the action picks up, and the cultures and societies created in the book are pretty interesting. There is also a neat twist at the end that almost makes up for the sappy characters and wandering plot. Almost. I doubt I'll read this book again and I'm planning on donating it to my local library. I'm not sure if I'll bother with the sequel or not, I'll have to see what other people say about it first to make sure it's not more of the same. I'd suggest reading this if you absolutely have nothing better to do, but there are authors out there that are far more worth your time.

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    Posted October 25, 2008

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