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The Scrivener's Tale

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  • Posted September 23, 2013

    Typically Fiona McIntosh

    I think I would be able to tell within seconds if the book I was reading was written by Fiona McIntosh. Key things: there's always a twist or four. There's always a bird of some kind, that provides some key piece of information or action that enables the plot. There's usually a lot of travel around the world that she has created. It's a well written book, that keeps you reading to the end. However, it follows the "Fiona Formula" and can become a little boring if you have read previous books by this author.

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

    Fiona McIntosh writes with such passion that it will be hard for

    Fiona McIntosh writes with such passion that it will be hard for lovers of Fantasy to put The Sciveners Tales down. While this is a stand alone book i do recommend that you go back and read "The Quickening Series" where we meet some of these wonderful characters. Gabe is such a tortured character and we really feel this in the first few chapters of Sciveners, What I love about Fiona's writing is that she leads you gently through the story then BAM she really hits you with a twist and a turn. Fiona have brought me to tears many times. The Fantasy world that Fiona weaves is so different from traditional fantasy, which is what makes Sciveners work. I loved reading of the Dark feeling of Paris, this really sets the scene to what is about to happen to Gabe and the mysterious
    Angelina. Who is Reynard. What is going to happen to these wonderful characters. McIntosh writes wonderful fantasy with out using gimmicks like magic rings ect. So if you like your fantasy real then this would be the book for you. However my adivice is go back and read "the quicken" first. This will give you a full bodied experiece.

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    Quite simply, I do not manage to get into the adventure. I'm a

    Quite simply, I do not manage to get into the adventure.

    I'm a fantasy fan so it is with great pleasure that I started this novel. Excited by the first Parisian chapters (given that I am living in this city) and by the sessions with the therapist, rather well fed, the beginning whetted my curiosity. Then, I was also intrigued by Cassien whose past and how it has grown up enhance the reader to expect of many surprises. 
    But very soon, my eagerness was deflated.

    Even before entering Morgravia's gates with Gabe, I started to let it go. I even stopped my reading for weeks, before forcing myself to continue this novel. 
    This is what really bothers me: admit that I have forced myself to keep up with a fantasy adventure...It is never a good sign...

    Quite simply, I do not manage to get into the adventure. I was getting bored and looking for real action. 
    Worse, I started reading diagonally. As Cassien's character interested me initially, I was browsing directly into the passages concerning him. But it was a technic only to hung up to the branches of an already thin tree.
    The story hasn't keep me interested. Too much details and not enough action. It took me an effort to stay focused.

    However, many elements appeared to be promising. I hope that you will be more receptive ...


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