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Posted January 24, 2013
3.5 stars: Ghost is a book that is carefully constructed and en
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Ghost is a book that is carefully constructed and ends up being a very intricate, complex beginning of a very fascinating quartet. To be frank, the only things I don't like about the book has more to do with personal preference.
If anyone has read Carole Cummings other books (Aisling), then you know that she never writes a simple story (I mean this in a GOOD way). This isn't the kind of story you read and can predict what will happen right away. The plot is carefully constructed and is all, but linear.
The characters are all three-dimensional. In fact, the story switches perspective among the different characters so often that you feel like you KNOW them just as much as the main characters. Basically, the characters are unique and you can't help but like them (the good ones anyway). I can't really say there is a character that is "just there." They are all meaningful in some way.
With the things I don't like. The main problem I have is with so many FLASHBACKS. I would say a good 1/3 to 1/2 of the story is made up of flashbacks of Jacin-rei's past. The execution of the flashbacks was done well. However, I am not a personal fan of so many flashbacks as I like to know what is happening in the present (once again, this is really a PERSONAL issue, so if you are not bothered with this kind of thing, then I wouldn't worry).
Also, the story is one that involves the Gods and their "enforcers" known as Tamshiel that walk upon the world in mortal flesh. I will not say much more on this, but I was never a fan of books that have these types of "semi-immortal" characters in plots, as these characters are all-powerful from the get-go. I will not go much more in detail with this as it may end up spoiling some things. Once again, personal preference here.
Overall, if you aren't bothered by the things I did not like in the reading, then I would say the rating would be a 4/5 stars. Regardless, Ghost is a good book and would recommend it to those who enjoyed Aisling.