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It's languorous, unfolding meticulously before you. Instead of a shocking hook, or an action sequence, it serenades you with language and description and a character that piques your curiosity with hints of some sort of otherworldliness. You are left to deduce things, through inference and clue, instead of having it all heaped upon you in bite-sized cookie cutter morsels. The author clearly wants you to think and puzzle things out. Trust me, the pace and the action DO pick up. Theres quite a bit more than I expected, from the way it began.
I found myself not really liking the main character due to her frequent whining, except during the more action packed moments where the picture painted of the diminutive commando was entirely too satisfying to do anything but enjoy. The problem I had with her was one the author, I think, intended. He's making a point about physical age and mental age, maturity and growth, the milestones of our lives...and the tools he has at hand to do this lend to an unfortunately, necessarily, annoying character at times. To be fair, this was mostly during the first half of the book, with her resolve firming up and her settling to a course of action in the latter half...and by the quite satisfying climax and conclusion the setup had, in my mind, served it's purpose.
Overall, it was a very original, very enjoyable book that I'm glad to have read. I'd be curious to read another in the series, if only because the alternate world that had been painted was interesting and I can't help but wonder of the source of all the fantastical elements, and if that aspect would be fleshed out or explored more.
At first, the story was a little slow. I prefer to know more about the characters from the start and we do learn some things about the captain at the beginning, but it wasn't until about twenty percent into the book that the author divulged the captain's name.
Literary prose abound in the novel, from the flowing description of the government building in Pomin with its massive library to the elaborate dress of the captain to the description of the Captain's Door, a magical device.
The reader is told that the captain is bound to her mother and sister, but I was never sure exactly what that meant. Her sister kept telling the captain that the captain did not understand the situation and, at times, that's exactly how I felt. I wanted to know more. If there is a sequel, perhaps more will be revealed later.
The author shows us the captain's inner conflict as she struggles with her experiences and worries about what the future will hold if she extinguishes the lamp. The captain recalled her previous crews in the lines: "They come and they go. I cry for a while and then go on. My family remains. The door persists." Lines like this evoke sadness, but not empathy. Even though it was told from a first person viewpoint, I always felt like someone on the outside looking in, like a play on a stage, never really a part of the action. This may have been because I kept thinking of the captain as a ten-year-old girl instead of as the woman inside her or maybe it was because the story was mostly narration with little dialogue.
Some action was interspersed among the elaborate descriptions and the workings of the ship, usually relating to escapes. Most of the characters were fully developed and had a life of their own and the author provided considerable conflict between the captain and her mother and sister.
I enjoyed reading the book, except for a few of the things I mentioned and I struggled with the star rating. The rating aside, if the reader enjoys maritime adventures, fantasies, character introspections, or a novel filled with literary prose, the reader should enjoy it.
When you begin reading this story there is a slow and steady attention to the details in Mina's thoughts and surroundings which immediately draws you into wanting to know more about this little charachter...as you progress there are many directions in the story that keep you reading to figure out where this is all leading to. Then you reach the point where everything falls into place and your eyes are opened to the unique and interesting story the author has woven for you. I look forward to the second book in the series impatiently!