It was a promising idea, and I wanted t love he book. I wanted. I waited for the author to finish setting the scene and explaining the background. I waited; he explained. I waited more; he fleshed out the setting. On and on. Too many words and far too often the novice error of telling instead of showing. Yes, the explanations were placed in the mouths of the characters, but they were not organic. It just didn't work.
I wanted to be taken up and swept off into the world of the Celtic Church in the seventh century. I wanted to pace the monastery cloisters and wander through knotty theological disputes and witness the clash of cultures. I waited while Tremayne minutiously set the scene and described the personalities--still telling us what they were like instead of letting them show us--and each time I thought that now, <i>now</i> he would let go and sit back and let the story unfold and the characters take agency over themselves.
But no. I am droning on and on in this review just as a Peter Tremayne's characters explained and explained and I ended up just as bored as you are now.
- MP3 CD
- Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance audio; Unabridged edition (31 May 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 152266064X
- ISBN-13: 978-1522660644
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.6 x 14 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 81.6 g
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