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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A nice adventure, but not the normal Mull excitement.
on March 21, 2014
I enjoyed reading this book in the beginning because I was especially interested in the missions that the main character Cole would need to embark on in order to get out of slavery. When everything changed after meeting Lyrus I wasn't as satisfied with the story as in the beginning. Generally speaking, after getting to know the characters I felt that Liam, Cole and Lyrus are probably the best characters in the book. While Asia and Jace are the worst characters and should be written out to improve the story. I found it boring, how long it took for Mira to "reveal" herself because we could all guess the "princess" thing once we knew about her bedroom. The worst part of the story in whole is that she literally asks the people traveling with her if they want to accompany her over three times, that means somewhere between 9-12 pages are dedicated to "Are you sure you want to follow me into this adventure?" And we have to wait for Cole to "think it over" before we can return to the adventure. I believe all of that nonsense could be skipped. In fact, that is not usually how Mull handles things. In Mull's best adventure (Fablehaven) the characters have no choice but to continue, they don't have an option to break off because they have all invested something or need each other to reach something. I was expecting that kind of action in this tale too. Finally, hands down, the worst character is Jace, he's too immature and unpredictable for a life and death mission. Also, Mull has not done any foreshadowing for Jace as a needed character, where as Twitch seems to be mystical or royal to his people in Elloweer, so he needs to stay. Mira should have simply told Jace to leave, instead of having a 3 page discussion about his behavior. I should add that Asia is also a bad character because she spends too much time getting the "last word" in for someone that is strict, hard mannered, etc. Usually people like that are also quiet to a certain extent and make faces, they don't waste time making little comments. So, overall I have to give the book 3 stars, which means I'll have to sell it. I usually collect all of Mull's books, but this isn't something I want to reread, so I won't be keeping it. I think people should borrow it from the library so they can follow the adventure, but if the second book is similar to this one, I won't continue with the adventure at all. In addition, I would suggest reading Orson Scott Card's Pathfinder, for a more well rounded adventure that includes a lot of danger, time travel and deception. I can't wait to read the last book in that adventure!!