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Sadie S. Forsythe
on Jan. 31, 2014 :
Eh, it was OK I suppose. I imagine some people will really enjoy it. Personally, I found it to be a continuous string of painful fantasy & romance clichés. I found myself cringing after a while. But I'll be the first to admit these tropes are so frequently used because people generally like them. So there will be a subset of readers who are thrilled to see so many of them together in one place. I'm just not one of them.
I did very much appreciate that Siobhan was a truly strong female lead. She was equally as strong as the male leads, certainly she was given more time to demonstrate her strength. There was one fairly mild ménage scene (the only sex in the story) that I liked well enough. I even liked all three of them...I think.
I say I think because they all felt a little shallow and could have done with a little depth. I also found some of the language stiff. Part of this was the effect of 'fantasy language.' Yes, I made that phrase up, but I imagine any frequent reader of high fantasy will recognise what I mean. The fae always seem to be written to sound posh, for example. But some of it was just stilted writing.
All in all, I don't consider this one a fail, but I'm not rushing out to find out if there is a sequel either.
(review of free book)