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Posted June 19, 2012
The main character, Carin is traveling from her old place, to a place unknown to us, but where she feels that she needs to be. A swordsman finds her on his land, and doesn't believe her when she says that there wasn't anything proclaiming that it was private property, so he gets her to take him to where she came in through. That's how this book starts off.
I thought this book was a good read because it thoroughly flowed to where I read it, and didn't know that I got very far, but I did! I think that this book is unique in that I haven't seen read or heard of a book of the same kind. But, then again it was more wizardly, and the only books I've read before with specifically 'wizards' was the Harry Potter series.
I think that as soon as I started to read it, I was hooked. I didn't want to get off the computer (ebook version) until I'd finish the chapter, then I'd keep making excuses to finish the next chapter and the rest.
I liked the pace of the story line. It wasn't to slow or too fast; it was just right.
I loved Carin's character because she showed strong characteristics. She seemed like someone I'd like to meet if I were a character of Deborah's making. And it wasn't just Carin that I loved! I loved every other character, too (you'll have to get it and read for the other characters).
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Posted June 21, 2012
I was not disappointed by it, but it was not what I expected it to be at all! I will give this book a thumbs up, because high fantasy books are epic. always!
The main character, Carin, was captured by an angry wizard, and that was the best thing about this books' plot. Angry evil wizards are amazing! Also, I loved the enormous influence Alice in Wonderlands had on this novel. Lots of references to the book, that played a major role in this book, and some of them about one of my favorite Alice in Wonderland character, which I shouldn't talk about because that would be a spoil.
The book was not 100% easy to read for me, mainly because of the range of vocab used in it. I had to look up some words because I thought they were imporatant, and had never seen them before. (e.g. volatile in the blurb.) Not that it is super special when I haven't heard of a word, since I'm not English/American, but it kind of bothers me... Still, I think it fit wit this book because it was set in another time.
The plot of this book was special, but it didn't grab me. It just didn't have the wow-factor for me. Might be my issue with high fantasy. I always need a long time to get into those novels. Also, I couldn't really relate to the main character. Luckily, while reading I got a little more interested in the whole story and characters.
My main problem with this book was the lack of Romance. I ain't a romance junkee, but a little romance or something like it always is a pro for me. Unless it's incredibly cheesy...
Altogether I would recommend this books to teens who have no problems with getting into high fantasy and don't mind it if a book contains no romance.
Posted June 9, 2012
The beginning wasn't my favorite, it seemed a little awkward and it took me probably a chapter before I started warming up to the story. By that point I'd gotten used to the author's style of writing and before I knew it the book was finished and I was left wanting more.
It's a fun read and reminded me slightly of Beauty and the Beast, (which happens to be one of my favorite Disney Fairy Tales...). Deborah obviously did her research and put a lot of time and effort into the book. Her love of literature is plainly evident and she weaves a tale that comes from the mind of an avid reader.
It's a great medieval tale, and would be equally as interesting for men as women. (It's no wispy piece of fluff fiction!) The complexity isn't too high; minimal amount of characters but there is certainly plenty of mystery and twists and turns.
Though there is some violence and a few gruesome scenes I would say it would be suitable for most older teens.
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Lewis Carrol's novels or is simply looking for a fun read.
Warning: This book ends on a CLIFFHANGER, so be prepared to want to read more! If I had the second novel I would have started it the instant 'The Warlock' ended.
Luckily both the second and third books are already available so you don't need to worry about feeling unsatisfied!
Posted June 7, 2012
In the beginning a wise woman tells Carin, the main character, to go North, as she does not belong in the South. Then we see Carin as she trespasses Lord Verek's land. He threatens to kill her unless she explains how she could enter his land, which is protected by powerful spells. It is obvious she is immune to magic, but why? And so the complicated story begins.
At first I thought the writing was too wordy, but then I got used to it and actually, it suits the story. I also liked how all characters had their own dictionary, because it makes all the difference. Some books are written in the same tone and language, even when it comes to dialogues, which can really hurt the book. This was not the case!
There were only a few characters, but they were all special and enjoyable in their own way. At first I wasn't sure about Carin and about her actions. Then I realized how scared she was and why and everything made sense. She and Lord Verek were the two most complex characters. And he was just mesmerizing! I mean dark, dangerous, slightly rude, yet still somehow gentle and tortured by his tragic past. What's there not to love? And the relationship between him and Carin was amazing. Full of repulsion, fear, but also fascination with each other. Great. Just great.
Myra, the housekeeper, was a kind and caring woman who was cheerful all the time and her presence balanced the darkness and melancholy of her master. The sweet mare was probably my favourite character. ;)
The story evolved rather slowly, which I don't mind. But there were some moments when it was slow even for me. Overall, it was a nice fantasy read with great characters.
Posted November 9, 2011
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