The elements are all there ... magical sword, mysterious society, dragons, trolls, giants, etc. But the story is plagued by weak character development..Show More » and a somewhat impotent heroine who continually falls short. While you always want your heroine to have some flaws her steadfast best friend or love interest can fix, the heroine in this book continually falls short in an embarrassingly stupid way. < spoiler < < <
< She pisses herself the first time she is confronted by the enemy; she's lesbian and only had sex with one lover, but gets drunk and takes on two men (for the first time) at once (would never happen); the bad guy has beaten and done god-knows-what-else to her girlfriend and is dragging her away toward a helicopter, but the heroine pauses her rescue pursuit to jump into a bunch of other skirmishes on the battlefield to rescue other people before later remembering about -- oh, yeah, Katie, good she's still resisting the bad guy; the big battle is pretty much over and she doesn't even check on her lover before telling some other people that she's going off chase the bad guy; she does pause in the battle to lust over a Valkyrie; after nearly losing her lover and her own life, she declares her love for Katie, but then proceeds to have a very non-sexual relationship even though their relationship was sexual at the beginning of the book.
So, I'm thinking. Don't know who J.A. Pitts is, but this author is definitely a guy. He is so caught up in who stabbed who and the mechanics of the battle, the character development is skimpy and totally unrealistic, especially for a fantasy.
Finally, as long as we talking about battle mechanics, another thing that bothered me were the times that the heroine stood back and watched when she should acting --- stabbing, talking, running, something. It drove me nuts. As much as I wanted to like this book, I don't think I can stand to listen to the next in the series. What I'd love to do is edit the first book instead. It has great potential.
I wanted to love this story, strong female characters, dragons, magic swords...all the the things I love but throw in a little to much introspection....Show More ».. Get a little over angsty and my love has turned to tolerance and my hope of a great tale flutters like a candle in a storm.