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A Fistful of Earth (Chronicles of Marsdenfel) Paperback – October 30, 2012
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About the Author
Misti Wolanski has always loved to play in fantasy land, though it took her a while to realize that her mind games were fun enough that others would want to join in, too. In her spare time, she likes crocheting and knitting jewelry, baby clothes, and small toys. However, unlike the narrator in the popular-on-Wattpad A Fistful of Fire, she does not embroider. She also writes dystopia (as Cara Lee), dark fantasy for adults (as Carralee Byrd), and space opera (as Misty White). Twitter: @carradee Wattpad: @carradee Blog: http://carradee.blogspot.com Website: http://mistiwolanski.com/fiction/mistiwolanski/ Newsletter: http://mad.ly/signups/43518/join
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Another character I liked was Liathen. Aidan is my favorite character as usual. Strangely enough, I liked Evonalé (the heroine of the previous book, A Fistful of Fire) more in this book. For some reason, I almost always find characters more likable from the outside, i.e. from the perspective of another character or narrator, than from their inside first person perspective. I think Evonalé is pretty cute now! There is another character I quite liked, but I can't tell you who he/ she is without spoiling the story!
Character development of the main characters was good in general, especially with their backstories and the many little glimpses of their "psychological and emotional issues".
The background of how magic works in this world, what happened in the past, and the complicated character relationships, was intriguing just like in the first book.
But again, like in the first book, the only thing that took off one star, is that there were quite a few instances where I was confused at what a character meant. For example, it could be because their leaps of logic are a bit too great, at least to me. I'm all for subtext and implying things instead of explicitly explaining things (though I have no problem with the latter either!), yet it can be a bit frustrating to not understand and have to just let it drop and keep reading.
Another example is when pronouns (she, he, they, etc.) are unclear on who they really refer to. Sometimes I misattribute a pronoun to a character, and frown when I realize I was wrong later. But what bothered me more was when after reading the whole scene, I was still not sure who that pronoun was referring to.
That said, I still really enjoyed the story overall with its engaging plot and likable, relatable characters. :D