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Posted June 20, 2008
To the author of this book: who are you and what have you done with the real Melanie Rawn? Ms. Rawn has been one of my top five favorite writers for a very long time. I've read the Dragon Prince and Star Scroll series three times. On the strength of those books, I purchased 'Spellbinder,' and never been so disappointed in a book. I understand the desire to write in a different genre or sub-genre. Ms. Rawn may have been bored with fantasy and wanted to write something more contemporary. Great, but what happened to the idea of a book having a plot? I got about 120 pages into 'Spellbinder' and finally gave up. By that time, the book had spent only about 20 pages on plot development and the rest on the two main characters. Too much 'ooh, I love you, and I never thought I would ever fall in love, and you're such a big strong man,' and way too much 'I hate that you have so much more money than I do, but marry me anyway, and by the way, no wife of MINE is gonna use any last name but MINE so there!' etc etc etc ad nauseum. When you don't even LIKE the main characters, why bother continuing to read a book? I'll re-read 'The Ruins of Ambrai' now, so I can remind myself of what good writing is. It certainly isn't 'Spellbinder.'
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