by Trudi Canavan
I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as I had hoped. It is not like I hated it, but I found it to be very dull. I couldn't get into Trudi Canavan's writing style at all and the way she kept jumping from character to character to character annoyed me. I never managed to know or care about them, though several seemed like they could be interesting if given the opportunity.
Lilia, for example. She is a gentle, naive girl just learning about love and she is led to do a foolish, dangerous thing. Instead of shirking her responsibilities or trying to hide, she faces what she did wrong and does her best to make it right, even though it may cost her what she holds most dear. I could respect and like her for that, but since the characters kept switching around I never really got to know her.
Lorkin also had some potential, as did Anyi. Cery bothered me because in the first book his family was murdered in the first chapter and other than one bout of tears he didn't show any emotion. Their deaths were only mentioned every so often in a half-hearted and ineffectual attempt to elicit an emotional response from the reader. Sonea was completely bland and Dannyl...I had trouble paying attention to his storyline because I was so bored.
The plot moved very slowly with nothing unexpected or original coming up. Despite all of this, I must confess to a mild curiosity as to how it will end. Perhaps when book 3 comes out I will read the last 5 pages. But not the whole book.
There is no swearing in this book.
I rate it a 4.10 for one fade-away.
I give it a 5.10 for murder and kidnapping.