I'm a long time reader of fantasy and science fiction but hadn't "read" a Terry Brooks novel until this one. I have to say that I don't get the appeal. All the reviews indicate that this should be an excellent novel but I don't get it. The characters seem to be slaves to the plot and I can't shake the feeling that author thinks I'm too dumb to interpret emotions if they aren't explicitly told to me. I can't recommend this book to anybody who isn't desperate for a fantasy novel.
I saw this book on one of the "highlight" tables at Barnes and Nobel and was hopeful that it was beginning of a new series I could really get into. I came back home and picked up the book on audible. Boy do I wish I had waited for some of the reviews to come in. They are all right on. The characters in this book couldn't find their way out of paper bag without spending 30 minutes having a slow emotionally tortured conversation about . . . nothing. The author is very clear that the characters find the topics emotional but unfortunately, doesn't bother to bring the reader along. The result is that you are dragged through a very laborious story to which you can't relate to anything the characters are feeling. I found myself laughing out loud and the absurdity of the conversations. I can't comment on the ending; I done being a sprat who can't understand why the adults have to talk so much. In terms of the narration, Scott Brick has such an ironic tone already . . . he really needs more substance to work with. He heightened the emotion of the characters, creating even more distance between the me and the story.
I wish the author luck with her next endeavor, for me this one was a big miss.
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