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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    interesting premise; appallingly bad plot

    Things start out seeming very promising: an eternal order of people devoted to doing good in subtle ways. Then the plot happens, and it boils down to "dead ex-girlfriend exploits invented technology in new and interesting but EVIL! ways; new girlfriend and hero must defeat her".

    Oh well.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    I'm hoping for a sequel. I admit that I was half way through th

    I'm hoping for a sequel. I admit that I was half way through the book before I began to understand some of the usages, but I rode it out and glad I did. Now that I get the drift, I want more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    I love Steve Brust, and I think he's met his literary match in S

    I love Steve Brust, and I think he's met his literary match in Skyler White. I'll have to see if this lives up to a 5 star review in re-read, and I do think it could have done with some stronger editing, but it sucked me in, charged my emotions, and refused to spit me back out for a good while after I turned the last page.

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  • Posted September 25, 2013

    Walking around in a constant state of confusion might be the bes

    Walking around in a constant state of confusion might be the best way to sum up my feelings on this tale. If this muddled state actually led me to some definitive suppositions on the universe, or put me in touch with all the answers to THE INCREMENTALISTS, or even offered me a sense of well-being, I would have been okay with my scrambled brains and possibly the head scratching as well. But that wasn't the case here. Instead, I felt a bit exhausted after finishing this tale, like I'd been running a race in the wrong direction.

    The dialogue stood out for me (and there was a quite a bit of it), but not in a good way. The Old English felt a bit ham-handed, although it could just as easily have been me. But I like to think that's not the case. Even focusing on just the modern times, the dialogue proved a bit pretentious and stilted and a bit too heavy handed. Aside from the dialogue, though, there seemed a few too many clichés. As for the pace, I'd equate it to walking through molasses.

    None of the characters resonated with me. While this is fantasy, and the argument could be made that I shouldn't have identified with the characters, I enjoy a story much more when I do. And I found myself racing to the end, so I could set this book aside and move to the next one on my TBR list.

    I can't help but feel like there was some flaw in the execution of this tale. Maybe it was a case of trying to do too much in such a short amount of time, or maybe it was a case of not doing enough, or maybe it was a case of blending universes and realms that shouldn't be blended. But whatever it was, I found disappointment lingering on my lips.

    The premise certainly intrigued me with secret societies and unbroken lineages and cheating death and making the world better and meeting in Las Vegas, but that excitement quickly dwindled away, and I was left with a tainted aftertaste.

    I received this book for free through NetGalley.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

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    Posted August 22, 2014

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