I thought that The Brotherhood of Sfarr was clearly constructed with a great deal of care and attention, and its worldbuilding and grammar was impeccable. The language used in the book put a lot care into creating a visual experience alongside the words, and there were scenes that made me slow down and picture it for sure.
With that said, the low rating comes from a few key areas, just laid out briefly:
- The heavy concentration of series-specific jargon made chapters difficult to read
- Story points were hidden behind heavy exposition and dense prose, making it hard to follow
- Characters did not have consistent voice, and their motivations were unclear for too long
- The book was poorly formatted at times, with whole sections that had no paragraphing
I think that the story had potential, and I'd be interested in following up again at a later date.