- Paperback: 414 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (September 9, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449512801
- ISBN-13: 978-1449512804
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 126 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,997,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anvil of Tears (Reforged, Book 1) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 9, 2009
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Erica and Aron are not a pair of squirrels chained to a typewriter. They met as pre-med majors over a dissected cat and plastic silverware. Then they went on to do something else entirely: writing fantasy and sci-fi novels. Dinner usually consists of pasta and stories.
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She's also been on the run for the past year from a notorious bounty hunter named Coldhand--and this Coldhand guy is determined to bring Maeve in. But when a desperate pregnant girl interrupts their latest skirmish to beg them for help even Maeve and Coldhand decide they can't turn her away.
This story had a lot of potential but I agree with some of the other reviewers that it's slow going and ultimately ruined by the flat characters and too much info-dumping and ill-timed flash backing.
What sucks is Maeve and Coldhand could've been such great characters! Unfortunately, I think the authors relied too much on flashbacks to develop them because all you get are their pasts without much insight to their current actions and reactions. Like I get that Maeve is damaged but why would someone like her (who is so completely self-absorbed and suffers suicidal depression) or Coldhand for that matter (who acts like a sociopath), suddenly care about helping a pregnant woman? And why would Maeve's crew just drop everything and decide it was their mission to rescue and care for said pregnant woman? And while we're at it, why is Maeve even "working" (as a first mate no less!) on this ship? She contributes absolutely nothing to the group.
From time to time, someone would speak up and point these things out (like hey guys, why are we going through so much trouble to make all this random pregnant woman's dreams come true? And hey why is Maeve First Mate?) but there's never any convincing excuse for why any of these characters acted the way they did. It all results in a thin excuse for a plot and barely any excuse at all for Maeve's sudden character development.
Anyways, despite all this, I was still dying for Maeve and Coldhand to get over themselves already so they could hook up but by the end of the book I was left thinking that even if they do (and i'm sure they will; they're made for each other) will i even care? They'll probably just suddenly decide to fall into each other's arms with barely any explanation or elaboration.
I also didn't care much for the supporting characters in this story which is unfortunate, as the authors spend a lot of time trying to develop them and their world through their flashbacks, too. Often these flashbacks would be launched into with barely any transition (seriously, sometimes it felt like it happened mid-sentence) and info dumps abounded. It's particularly disorienting on audio despite the fact that an obnoxious chime was used to signal the flashbacks every time they occurred.
Sadly, the story desperately needed someone who could have reigned in the writers.
Early chapters are flooded with "info-dumps" where several pages suddenly start explaining the planet the heroes are visiting, or some aspect of the technology in the universe. This left the story rather disjointed, and the early chapters do not flow very well.
Later the info-dumps diminish, only to be replaced by multiple page flashbacks. The flashbacks are solidly written, tell rather complete tales, and probably would have been much better as their own seperate stories, in building towards this tale. Some of them were definitely necessary to help reveal the personalities, but others again disrupt the flow of the story.
The biggest problem though was the characters themselves. Maeve and Coldhand both possess damaged psyches and events from their past drive their actions throughout the story. This could have worked very well, but both are rather unsympathetic due to the extremely unflattering ways they are described. Maeve as a broken junkie who refuses to allow anyone to become her friend and Coldhand's quiet madness due to the injuries that left him with a cybernetic heart and hand.
And of course, as the first book of a trilogy, only a couple minor plot threads come to any kind of closure or completion. The ending was more of a place that the story ran out of steam than a clear stopping point.
Overall, this is not a very good book. The writers have lots of talent and the story is impressive in its complexity and scope, but an editor was needed to weed out all of the asides that show up as info-dumps and flashbacks, and to tighten up the revelatoins of backstories so that they smoothly fit into the story rather than overwhelming the middle part of the story. Even the appearance of the major antagonists could be improved as the enemy appears out of nowhere about 40% into the book.
The sequel will be interesting, hopefully the authors will be less inclined to throw extra information at the reader but will continue to allow their characters to grow as the story develops.