- File Size: 2273 KB
- Print Length: 333 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (January 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 25, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AKE4L8C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #232 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Steampunk
- #425 in Books > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Steampunk
- #1679 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
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The idea of this book is brilliant but I had some issues with the execution and the characters. First of all, many of the major plot twists were too predictable. For example, it was way too easy to guess that Ike was the king's son. Therefore, when the 'big secret' was finally revealed, it was extremely irritating that Edna and Rachel had such a hard time believing it. I wanted to scream at them to get over it because it was obvious and they should have seen it coming an eternity ago. To be fair though, it's not like Edna and Rachel heard all the discussions and saw all the signs that I did as a reader. Maybe I should be more forgiving towards them. It was also painfully obvious from the beginning that Edna had hag blood in her. I mean, what else could the evil have been than magic?
Another problem I had with this story was the hag's cameo Ike's mother gave Edna. It was like the author decided to take the easy way out. The cameo was a convenient tool that got Edna out of every difficult situation. I mean, it opened locks, it protected her from fire, it even made her fly! I would have wanted the author to be more creative and develop different ways for Edna to survive the dangers she ran into. Oh, and I must say that it was kind of ridiculous, how Edna and Ike spent their time before the final battle. Who in their right minds wash clothes and freshen up when they're supposed to be ready for the big battle at any moment? Well, they did spend some time kissing too. Talk about making out at inappropriate time.
I personally can't stand it when everyone who's supposed to be dead reappears. That's why I was not very excited about the ending in this story. I also found it a little strange that Edna and Ike were able to beat a bunch of ogres and many of the strongest hags. they're quite a capable pair to say the least. Anyway, I understand that the author wanted the story to have a happy ending and I can appreciate that. I may not like overly happy endings but you can't please everyone, right? I think for many readers the ending was satisfying and I must say that it summed everything up quite nicely. No unanswered questions left to haunt the readers.
I would have liked to see a bit more character development from Ike and Edna. I felt like they stayed pretty much the same throughout the story. I liked Ike alright, but Edna I found kind of annoying. It was really selfish of her to make Ike tell her everything about his past and family and then not tell him about the evil inside her. The fact that Ike didn't exactly tell Edna everything doesn't change the fact that Edna expected him to do so. Ugh, and I seriously hated how Edna kept saying 'odds bobs'. It drove me crazy. I was quite surprised to find that by the end of the story Rachel had become one of my favorite characters. I disliked her in the beginning because she was such a spoiled brat, but I liked how she developed and learned to appreciate people below her social class. I also loved the world building and the different creatures the author had populated the world of this novel with. The social hierarchy and the struggle of different species living together as equals was realistic and well thought out. Oh, and I loved the asylum. It was creepy and sounded like a horrible place to have to spend the rest of one's life in.
This may not have been my favorite story but there were many good things in it anyway. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is looking for a quick read with a happy ending. If you love hags, determined heroines and magic, you may want to give Cogling a try.
Edna doesn't have much, but she has heart. She is devoted to her family, and does what she can to help take care of them all. Harrison is her responsibility while her parents are working and he is missing. Well the real him is missing, the cogling him is in pieces on the floor. She has a watch, a shady friend, a hurried plan, and a few coins.
"Steam locomobiles radiating scalding heat roared by; the sleek brass contraptions shining as brightly as the steel spokes inside the black tires."
"The stench of sage and earth wafted from his leathery skin, a dark tan that reminded her of caramel."
"In the dreaming, I am seeing."<3
"The evil coiled through her body as though it had become one with her blood."
"A baby dragon with scales the color of emeralds perched on the man's shoulder."
"Yellow mist rose from the trees, congealing around their ship."
"A hole had formed in her glove, another rip on her heart, beside the missing hunk that belonged to Harrison."
"The moon smile upon your strength."
"You look in my eyes and say you see the true me."
Most recent customer reviews
My only unresolved point with this book is Silver. Otherwise it's a finely crafted tale.