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on Nov. 05, 2012 :
NOT A LIGHT READ. This is dark fantasy for adults.
In fact, it gets dark and disturbing to the point that I sometimes found myself disturbed by wanting to keep reading.
But I bought and read it anyway.
I've even reread it.
And I've found myself hoping that the author writes in that world again.
"Elements of Rebellion" is a strong story about two people, damaged by a cruel culture that's so cruel for the purpose of keeping everyone subjugated—two damaged people who put themselves through worse to get the chance to make things better for the following generation.
I feel like some transitions were missing, because some of the characters' actions/attitudes/mindsets struck me as a bit…odd, for some of the characters who only knew that cruel culture. But some of the missing details were discretion. The book was far less graphic and gruesome than it easily could have been, given the material, and I think that's part of why I liked it.
I've tried reading some dark books wherein the way it was written gave me the impression that the author wrote out of pity, indignation, or titillation (that last type gets creepy). Not the impression I got from this book, though I do have one major complaint:
The good guys' senses of morality shifted too readily, in my opinion. At the end, it was understandable, but in the middle, I sometimes found myself wondering, "Uh, when did that guy start respecting her? Because I last remember her humiliating him." Guys tend to take humiliation very badly when a girl's the cause, particularly when they've been raised to have no respect whatsoever for women.
But I enjoyed the story anyway—enough to reread it. ^_^
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 26, 2012 :
"Elements of Rebellion" was not at all what I expected. It is said that a reader is captured or estranged by the quality of the writing on the first page and I can tell you I was hooked! At first I thought I had unwittingly stumbled into a BDSM novel thinly disguised as a science fantasy but it became more than that - BDSM fans may well enjoy this piece as there is a certain undercurrent bubbling along under the surface.
Adventure, romance, mysticism, graphic cruelty and violence, intrigue and power - it has them all within this tale. It is not a tale for the faint of heart so be prepared for Ms Moore's graphic descriptions of the battles and the beatings.
I, for one, would appreciate a chance to revisit the world of the Eldari and its champions.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)