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Posted January 18, 2013
I have high hopes before I read this book after I review many positive feedback. But towards the end of it, I am very disappointed. First of all, the character development is too formula and too linear. The description of the Chinese characters are also too stereo type. Any Chinese who enjoys poem is the good guy and any Chinese who is not will be the evil type. This is way too linear and too shallow view of the Chinese. For the male characters, they are always the hero type, the righteous kind and the female characters are always the passive kind, cry too easily and always soft. Again, very linear and formula like.
If the author eventually establishes a deeper world and a deeper characters, then this first book fails to draw the attention to it. I assume that if you have started reading the original books first and then read this one, I guess that it may be ok.
But I haven't read any other books in the series other than this first one. So it is disappointing.
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