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Reeves weaves the story threads together towards a dramatic suspenseful conclusion. He draws on mythology and lore about fey and fairies, dragons and druids, in his own unique way. I loved the use of music - the chords - as a basis for magic and spells, and he portrays the overlap between the material world and the home of fairy well. Marny, Squirrel, Oberon and Calem are great characters - and there are twists and turns in this tale. All is not as it seems.
In some ways, I found Reeves' strength was also what made it harder for me to be immersed in his world and enjoy the ride. His prose is poetic, rich in immediate and sensual detail, literary, and novel, which resulted in some brilliant descriptions yet often slowed the pace or made it harder to understand exactly what was happening.
Overall, a clever and thought-provoking story, but a touch too literary for me to enjoy fully.
One slightly odd thing is it has American Grammar with British spelling of words. This is more odd than distracting, as the British spelling is well known to anyone whose read a British book, ever. Much better to my eyes than the reverse.
It also moves very quickly, I read it in one sitting and had to check afterwards to see that it was in fact a full length novel.
Overall if you are looking for a fun enjoyable read, (fantasy or otherwise) you should like Curses of Scale.
My gut is telling me that this is a four star book, but I really can't think of a reason not to give it five stars, either way it's worth checking out.
My problems come in some of the other elements. The point of view switches between characters broken into different chapters. While this is fine, the number of chapters spent on one character in a row, sometimes made it a bit difficult to remember what was happening with the others when we got back to them. Then, there are two chapters at the end where the point of view suddenly changes mid-chapter, no break. That threw me off for a moment too.
Some of the phrasing in the book I found to be distracting with imagery that I actually had to puzzle out a bit at times. There were moments in the book that I had to go back to figure out what was happening, due to some of the phrasing. Reeves also uses thoughts, indicated by italics, interspersed with action. When I got the flow down, it actually works quite nicely, but until then, it threw me.
Overall, I like the book, but feel that I don’t like it as much as it deserves to be. It’s a good book, well-written, with a compelling story and characters you grow to like and care about. It didn’t resonate with me as much as some others, but I would recommend it.