My rating: 2 of 5 stars
books like this make me a little crazy.
so much is good about it–the worldbuilding, the main plot lines, the intricate, knotty plot and the author’s use of suspense. the characters in this particular novel aren’t great, but they’re good enough.
but it’s as if the author got paid by the word, so the more the better. so repetitive.
plus, it has that thing–that thing where the author finds it necessary to instruct the reader in every last little thing, in case she/he might miss a point. for example, if one character makes a snarky remark to another, the snarkiness gets pointed out.
i listened to the audio version, and the two readers also made me a little crazy. i’ve dissed on the woman before and won’t bother here–i suspect it’s a personal thing. the man, tho–he does a pretty good job except for the villains. they all sound like Snidely Whiplash. i’m going to adopt that as a test in my own writing: if the villain can be read as Snidely Whiplash, rewrite the villain.
i got the second in the series before i read that this is projected to be a 10-volume series. wow, now there’s some ambition… but i won’t be going along for the ride. i’m done at two. i can’t imagine the repetition of backstory that’s going to accrete somewhere around Volume 6… scary.