by Christian Nadeau
Seeds of Hatred is an epic fantasy that doesn’t just scratch the surface of the world he’s build. It’s political, beautiful, tragic. Seemingly separate stories weave in beautifully in this story and it all comes together very nicely.
It took me longer than I’d care to admit to finish this book, and it wasn’t only because of the books lengths. Moving to a new house and completely renovating it meant little time to read, but when did find the time, this book was a great escape.
I think Nadeau managed to bring his world alive and he has a way with words that makes it fun to read. His scenes play in my mind like a movie, and that’s just how I like it. His characters seem well thought out and are developed nicely. They all have their own personality and you get a feeling of knowing them.
There is a style of writing here that instantly lets you know that this is going to be a strong fantasy novel in the likes of Game of Thrones. This is one of the books strongest benefits, but in one aspect it’s also one of its weaknesses. There are a lot of words here, and a lot of characters. It’s the kind of book that you cannot just fly through. It requires concentration and a good memory.
I do feel like the book could be edited down quite a bit. All those characters don’t need to be there, at least not by name. It gets overwhelming. It would have been better to focus on fewer characters and instead flesh them out even more. They are interesting and at times I felt compelled to skip parts of the novel just to get back to the story of a character I read about earlier.
At times I felt like the writing may have been a bit forced. And by that I mean that it seemed like the author tried too hard to write like someone else, like other fantasy authors out there instead of sticking to his own voice. But I’m sure that this is something that will be sorted with time when Christian Nadeau has released a bunch more books in the series and really found his voice.
So, should I talk about the ending? I don’t know if I’m disappointed, or intrigued. As a rule, I hate cliffhangers, I really do. I want a somewhat complete story. And I can feel that with a story this long, there should have been more closure in the end. But, I can see the lure in ending with a cliffhanger, it’s a great way to make sure your readers will pick up the next book in the series.
Overall, this was a great read that I think will appeal to those who like to read a proper fantasy with all that goes with it.
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