Castledance, Vol I (From the Chronicles of Fiarah) Paperback – June 1, 1997
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- Publisher : TriQuest Publishing; 1st edition (June 1, 1997)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 405 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1583081763
- ISBN-13 : 978-1583081839
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Customer Reviews:
"A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself." -Delia Owens Learn more
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After reading it, I have to wonder what on Earth the reader has been reading besides "Castledance" in order for it to compare favorably. The basic plotline (if you can pluck it out from all the surrounding fluff) isn't bad. However, that and the fact that it is squeaky-clean are the only good things that can be said of the book.
The spelling and grammar mistakes are so frequent and so bad that they really threw me out of the story. Honestly. If my ninth-grade foreign language students turned in writing of this quality, I would expect them to rewrite it, and unless the rewrite improved greatly on the original, it still wouldn't get a very good grade. I cannot begin to fathom how this book got published in its current state.
The descriptions are excessive and unilluminating. They add detail but no depth. The English language is full of wonderful adjectives, yes, but they don't all need to be used in one book!
The dialogue was too infrequent and tended to be stilted, unnatural, and confusing when it did appear.
The footnotes were excessive and distracting and seemed to serve no purpose other than trying to motivate readers to purchase other books in the series. I'm sorry, but if a sequence within a novel that's part of a series isn't clear on its own, then the author needs to explain things in the context of the story or cut the sequence, not tack on endless footnotes referring to works the reader might not have on hand.
I was thoroughly disappointed with this book. I'm going to go read some Diana Wynn Jones or Terry Pratchett or Patricia Wrede or some good, old-fashioned Tolkein (heck, even some decently-written online fanfics) to wash this book's aftertaste out of my mind.
If you have any appreciation for the English language, find something better than this to read.
Making tough choices and staying the course are things heros are made of. I encourage young & old alike to read these books
Sincerely, Philip J. Gleason, Utah