Top critical review
So much to love but ultimately a frustrating book
19 May 2019
The story has so many great elements. The setting was fascinating, the characters engaging and the plot was exciting. Sadly, the writer really let the story down in a number of ways.
Some of the worst issues were:
-The story is very light on physical description. It made it difficult to picture the characters and their environment.
-There was no heat between the main characters. They worked well together but there was no emotional ties or sense of physical attraction.
-New information about the world was being constantly inserted randomly throughout the entire book. I appreciate the author’s unwillingness to info dump but he went too far in the opposite direction. It left the first half of the book feeling disconnected and somewhat chaotic. I found it hard to understand character motives and personalities properly. This also left me with the constant feeling that I was reading a book from an established series. I actually stopped reading early on so that I could see if there were other books I should read first. Sadly, there wasn’t.
-The story was full of loose threads and unexplained facts. The whole concept of contracts was intriguing but only vaguely explained. Melody’s need for a harem was referred to but never followed up. We were never told how the final crisis was dealt with. How many people were killed? How many were captured and how were they punished? The whole drama was just ended without any attempt towards a resolution. I think ultimately, that was what annoyed me most of all.
I’m not sorry I read this book but I am disappointed that it didn’t reach it’s potential.