by Geoffrey Storm
Overall I like this book a lot. The wordbuilding is amazing and I can really picture the word as I read. Would love to see the place for myself too, and what an imagination one must have to create such a unique setting with all its history and detail. A truly well written work and the author has a great voice. With a unique word and a struggle between light and dark, good and evil, this book is a great read.
I liked the different POVs that this book provided, and mostly I liked having the opportunity to follow the villain, Stiqula through his journey. The knowledge of the reasons behind his action made everything so much more heartbreaking.
The middle felt a bit dragging for me, but what book doesn’t drag in the middle? The first and third part however was past and truly enjoyable. I would have wanted some more details and answers to my questions regarding Stiqula in the end though, but maybe that’s something that will be answered in the sequel.
The points that lowered the rating a bit for me was that I felt there may have been too much detail and too much explanations at times. It made the pacing of an otherwise fast story slow to the brink of me struggling to keep track of what was happening. At the same time I loved the detail too, so it’s difficult to say anything bad about it. But I do feel like the plot is more important then overly detailed descriptions of every setting, ever feeling, every wound etc. But being the fist book in what I believe will be a series, there probably won’t be a need for as much worldbuilding in the next one.
Another point was the sometimes choppy writing. I found that sentences began en ended abruptly making me have to read entire sections multiple times in order to understand what it all meant.
Another thing that stood out to me was the excessive cursing, more specifically the constant use of the f-word (sometimes present several times within a single sentence). I don’t mind cursing at all, but when the f-word is present in every other sentence for the entire 374 pages, it’s a bit too much for me.
The last thing I reacted to was the annoyingly juvenile language of Greyson and Tay. I think the juvenile way of speaking added to the characters in a way, but it would have been enough to keep the bad language in the dialog and not let it pour into the rest of the writing. Had it been written in 1st person POV it would have been more appropriate to keep the language consistent throughout the whole thing, but this book isn’t a 1st person POV. And I would personally have wanted a more mature language in the narrative. Witch the beautiful descriptions of the world shows me the author is capable of.
I do, however, like this book a lot and I wouldn’t want to have any of this discourage anyone from picking it up. If you like sci-fi, unique conflicts and amazing new worlds, this is a book you cannot miss.