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Posted July 25, 2013
First novel that I could not finish this year. I stopped at 65%
First novel that I could not finish this year. I stopped at 65% of the story, sighing and shaking my head to try to force me to read until the end.
It's really not my habit. I even admit feeling guilty when I have to read diagonally to finish a book that bothers me. This one, I have not even managed to read it this way to overcome my boredom.
However, the synopsis was promising. I was thrilled to begin and immerse myself in this strange story. I expected to know what supernatural adventures these twins, born in the ice, would be living.
All the elements were there to make a thrilling novel including resistance to cold. After many trips through Europe, battles and after many dead ... Nothing.
No explanation, no answer, nothing special. I have been really frustrated.
The reader follow the hero through his life. In the latter part, he lost all beings who were close to him, but no explanation of his condition, any surnaturel event just endless descriptions that do not enrich the story.
Knowing it is Russian literature and a book of over 400 pages, of course I expected to read descriptions. But they haven't succeed in making me traveled.
The author transported me back in time without creating a link or a bond with her characters. Yet, I believed in them!
I tried to unravel the mystery of Prince Alexander Velitzyn and this is why I felt swindled. I did not exchange with the story.
I waited some actions, got bored waiting. After waiting too long, I got annoyed to have persevered without receiving emotions back.
Attention, other readers appear to have been captured by this story and the author's style. So, I hope you will be luckier ...
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