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An impressive effort: don't let the number of stars fool you,
This review is from: Master & Fool (Book of Words) (Mass Market Paperback)
It is clear in this book that JV Jones is still finding her feet, resulting in some unevenness in the overall quality of the book. But she shows great promise in her story telling ability, keeping the reader engaged with some interesting twists in the plot and visceral action (one might say a bit too visceral, as if she is trying to negate any aspertions people may cast on her abilities because of her gender).
At first glance it seems to be caricature fantasy plot of the Orphan Boy who discovers his destiny is something more than he had expected. Also, Jones does not spend much time developing the background of the world the characters inhabit. But the reader will forget these minor shortcomings for the fresh and lively characters who inhabit these worlds, the gritty reality of their quest stands in contrast to the more sanitized world of Jordan. Jones also spends quite some time developing the magic system of her world, and manages to keep it believable (forgive the oxymoron).
All in all, Jones shows great promise in her first trilogy, while it may not completely deserve all the praise it has garnered, it is still worth your while to read this trilogy not only because it is a very readable saga, but it is also your opportunity to see a very talented writer coming into bloom.