on July 17, 2022
I was intrigued by the cover and description, but the story turned out way too fast-paced for my liking.
The language is very concise and easy to read, but I found it too concise. In all, the story is skeletal. It lacks layers and depth, and so do the characters.
However, the book delivers when it comes to action and adventure, so if you like really fast-paced books with only the tiniest hint of romance and intimacy, you'll enjoy this one.
on Aug. 11, 2022
A multidimensional story that challenges the reader.
I am a big ASOIAF and The Kingkiller's Chronicle fan and Runecursed falls into the same category. It’s a slow-paced story with multiple POVs.
There are a lot of characters and though some of the minor ones are a little clichéd, all serve a purpose. The MCs are well-written, complex, and have a lot of potential to develop as the series (hopefully!) continues. I found a couple of favorites among the side char., too, and wish they’ll return in the second book.
The plot is vast, and much is left for the reader to figure out for themselves. In a nutshell, the story is about choosing between one’s responsibilities and desires. All MCs are in a situation where what’s asked of them differs from what they’d want to do and they struggle with the decision of whether to stick to their duties or follow their hearts’ calling.
If you prefer books jampacked with action, you might want to skip this one. There’s some clanking of swords, but the focus is on the characters, their thoughts, feelings, and relations. What the story lacks in action and adventure, it delivers in romance and intimacy, though. It’s both steamy and heartbreaking, and I must confess that I ugly-cried at one point.
I like these kinds of stories in general and can’t wait to read the sequel, so I could hardly give Runecursed less than five stars! I’d recommend it to people who like authors like Martin, Rothfuss, and Tad Williams. If you’re looking for an easy, “on trend” read, this book is sure to disappoint you. Not simple, not trendy, but definitely worth giving a chance!