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Posted January 29, 2007
Yet another example how to spoil a perfect idea
It could have been the best trilogy ever, since it is so fashionable to write trilogies. Unfortunately, Sarah Ash either did not understand her idea or was afraid of making it too difficult to understand for the young readers. Well, there you go. Good books are not for everyone and this one is good for naive 15-year-olds. In order to fix this story I would recommend: * simple transformation of Eugene of Tielen into more Romanov-like-Tzar with a very important for the trilogy motive of blood and hemophilia. * change of geographical and meteorological positioning of the countries - Tielen for Russia, Poland, Ukraine Azhkendir for Finland, Iceland, Siberia Muscobar for Sweden, Norway and Denmark Smarna for the whole Balkan Peninsula (I think Smarna stands for Italy) or even Turkey. I wish descriptions od terrain and flora were just as beatiful and intrigiung as the book cover. * change of Eugene's name to either of Piotr (for Peter the Great) or Ivan (for Ivan IV the Terrible). * change of Gavril's name to Ivan (see above plus it is the most popular male name in Russian tales, a cute boy with blond hair and blue eyes, bullied by big brothers but when given a chance, he succeeds and wins the kingdom, wealth and a princess). It is obvious Ms Ash did not feed her imagination with classic literature. Some plots are not deep enough. Gavril's struggle to fight the daemon could have been like 'Notes from the Underground' By Dostoyevsky. Gavril's fellings toward Astassia are not as romantic as Romeo's toward Julliet. The best written character is Lilias. She is just as treacherous and dangerous as Miledy De Winter. Yet Count Velemir could have been more like Sigismund Dijkstra or Cardinal Richelieu. In other words, the characters are flat and simple, and they think only what Ash makes them think. They do not have their own lives, passions. If you really must read this book, get it from the library, firstly. Otherwise it is just waste of money. P.S. I am still learning English. I apologize for any mistakes.
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