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Smashwords book reviews by Eroica Boldt
- Part 1: The Lady
on Aug. 01, 2011
Although I'm not a fantasy fan, I enjoyed On Dark Shores, Book 1 and I'm looking forward to the rest. Clements has created a bustling world crammed with backstory and layered with multiple, interrelated plots that I can't wait to see continued in subsequent books. Usually I like a denser atmosphere, with lots of moody details and description, but Clements strips this type of thing down to the essentials in favor of a driving pace, and I think this was a good move. There's a lot going on, and the action is quick enough that we stay engaged with all the various characters.
There's a prologue which pulls its weight: it whet my appetite by creating some suspense up front about the major characters and their stories, but it also framed the forestories in a larger world of dreams, magic, and prophecy in language evocative enough to satisfy even my prodigious appetite for shadow and water imagery. I hope in future books, Clements returns often to this other voice.
I do tend to be a weenie about violence, so I should mention that some scenes are horrific, but occur offstage. What makes it easier to bear is knowing that not all the victims are the "victim" type. I fully expect to see one in particular come back not just as a survivor, but as an even more powerful hero. In Clements' world, the shores may be dark, but there is brightness ready to burst from the depths.
When's the next one coming, JA?