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Into The Crooked Place Kindle Edition
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|Length: 385 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Age Level: 14 - 19|
With its gangland details, creative magical caste system and surprisingly brutal characters, Into the Crooked Place is very much its own thing. And that thing will likely be a story you can't put down. --CulturessChristo offers the reader creative and thoughtful backstories for each protagonist, along with fully realized worlds rife with magic...Everywhere are people of color and acknowledgment of LGBTQ characters--nice touches not always seen in fantasy. --Booklist
Christo has done an amazing amount of worldbuilding with this book, creating magic and lore I have never heard of before. The way her characters use magic, the mythology of each of her characters within their backstories, and the timing with which these backstories are revealed - pure magic, pun intended! --MuggleNet If you're looking for a story of angsty teens with the world's biggest chips on their shoulders, look no further! ... It's a gangster heist story dealing with a lot of heavy themes, but I think everyone will find something to love in this story.... It's a wonderful read with awesome characters. --The Nerd Daily --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07QQZ4K2Y
- Publisher : Hot Key Books (8 October 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1079 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 385 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250318378
- Best Sellers Rank: 125,738 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The build up is excrutiatingly slow. The first 30% of the book is spent world building and introducing us to our protagonists Tavia, Saxony, Karam and Wesley. By the time they start on their quest to bring down Ashwood I had genuinely stopped caring. I much prefer "show don't tell" storytelling and for some reason I felt like I was being told (in minute detail) about every nuance of their intertwined relationships with both each other and their environment. Strangely, the world building element never really gives you a sense of what the various Realms actually look like so the characters are moving through a landscape that is ephemeral and seems to consist largely of towns with rather Victorian sounding cobbled streets or forests.
There are a couple of good set pieces - the Courtesan's House and Ashwood's Castle - where action takes the forefront. Even then, there is the tendency to meander off the point and stretch the action out for far more pages than is necessary to tell the story. Primarily this is achieved by showing each scene from each of the 4 main character's viewpoint - by the time you get around to reading the fourth viewpoint you have had enough and are more than ready to move on and all tension has dissipated.
Even worse a fifth character gets introduced about 60% of the way through, Arjun. Even once he has been identified as one of the Leaders by the Phantoms he is still a shadowy figure in the story and we never get to find out much about him. He just pops up now and then to add some magical fire power. He is also very much a fifth wheel as there are underlying romantic undercurrents between Wesley and Tavia and Karam and Saxony (I did heartily approve of the LBTQ+ relationship).
The reveal of the source of the voice in Wesley's head came as no surprise. The only surprise was that when he went through the Regret Trial and it was witnessed by the others nobody recognised the source (I'm trying hard not to give it away as this is supposed to be a twist). The book leaves us on a "cliffhanger" for the future of the intrepid 5 but I have no desire to see how things work out for them - all I want to know is will Karam and Saxony finally get it together and if my suspicion as to the true identity of Wesley (of course Blood Magic was used to hide him in plain sight - honestly, this again) which, if I'm right, makes the whole Tavia thing rather unsettling.
On the whole I found this overlong and boring. What it needed was a lot of red pencil and strong editing to pare everything back.
Also - Wesley is a new-found treasure
I was pretty excited Santa brought me this book for Christmas. I really enjoyed To Kill a Kingdom and was excited to read Alexandra Christo’s newest story.
After a few chapters of character introduction and world building, the story takes off with action, magic, tentative alliances, evil mind control, and some strong romantic attraction with morally gray characters (my favorite). The ending is a devastating cliffhanger, and I can’t wait until the next installment in this exciting series.
If you had the choice would you want natural magical abilities that are hard to control, or only be able to use magic with charms and potions you carried with you and had to replenish?
Clean rating: 🧼🧼🧼1/2: for some kissing.