- File Size: 2042 KB
- Print Length: 422 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Twilight Times Books; First edition (July 5, 2013)
- Publication Date: July 5, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DSUQL4I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
* A mysterious curse to be solved to save lives.
* Determined characters who showed loyalty and grit in the face of long odds.
* An interesting world, that made sense with the story.
* Characters that weren't too behind the reader in following the development of the story.
* There were supporting role "good guys" who were really hard to like. They were pretty dense about, and unwarrentedly mean to, the female lead. One of them flipped from being a total jerk to being utterly devoted to her in a manner that seemed rather rushed. It was just strange.
* The romance felt forced and unjustified, given how the male/female leads interacted. I just couldn't care about it.
* The resolution to the curse, in my opinion, was unbelievably silly, pat, and hard to believe.
I think I stopped and read another book several times before I finally skipped about 20% of this book. Then, the last several chapters made me realize that I hadn't missed anything by skipping so many before them. Too bad, it could have been a goodbook if there'd been better character development. That might have made the solution to the curse more bearable.
That being said, I had a difficult time getting through it because, throughout the whole book, characters, instances, information, and "side-mysteries" kept cropping up out of nowhere that made me question if I had started reading in the middle of a series. And most of these weren't even relevant to the main plot or interesting enough to help it along.
It is listed as a romance for no apparent reason. And the "HEA" was light on the "H."
But, if you're interested in the mental gymnastics required —and have the attention span—to navigate all of the magical systems and political nuances of a place that exists only in someone else's head...without much of a payoff at the end..be my guest. This book is for you.
The plot has one of the best paces I've seen in a long time, it was as steady as a heartbeat, until Lusielle or Bren, or my favorite, Lord Hato, were in a predicament- which they were often, then my heart raced. I found myself holding my breath with the Chosen, moaning out loud when the icky Apotos came into the room, and curling up into a little ball when the White Tide began. Machado does an excellent job of switching seamlessly between the various points of view from the many strong voices in this book. Characters are plentiful in this complex and entrancing story. With so many characters and so much going on, it can be easy to lose who is doing what, where. Not so in The Curse Giver. It is always very clear who we are with and what is going on and how it relates back to the main quest of the story. This is usually my big hangup with fantasy and it simply never happened to me in this book. In fact, it was quite the opposite. I fell asleep with my Kindle plastered to my face because I simply could not put it down!
My favorite aspect about this book is the development of Lusielle's character. She starts out meek and beaten down and blossoms as she discovers the power within and begins to realize her true potential. Without spoilers- let's just say I gave her a huge air-high-five and a fist pump there near the end of the book!
Overall, I simply love this book! I'm not a huge reader of fantasy- especially ones that require a map- but Ms. Machado has won me over with The Curse Giver. I am so very impressed by the author's ability to keep my engaged and on task throughout the book, I can't even begin to tell you. Rather, even if you're not a fantasy fanatic- I strongly encourage you to give it another chance. I will be going back for her Stonewiser series.
The mystery of it is great. I was guessing until the end because I kept guessing wrong! I love the fantasy aspect and the fact that everything made since. You won't be taking huge laps of faith trying to make the story feasible.