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This book’s plot is fast, with drama and conflict happening every few chapters or pages. It held the potential for being something great, honestly, but the way the plot was handled was the major let down I felt when reading. Alex is your typical all powerful heroine of a YA novel. She’s this half elf, half mortal, with a bit of an attitude that only really comes up in the beginning or end, but she’s also from a noble lineage on both sides, beautiful to boot, and the only one that can wield these magical keys, know dwarf magic, shoot blue light that can be painful or healing, heal through telepathy, overhear other’s “Elfspeak” and is a kickass swordswoman…and her only major concern is finding true love. Did you get as tired reading that as I did at writing it?
Because of her prowess at…everything, and how everything sort of just so happens to work out for her, problems get worked out or figured out literally within the next few sentences. Anything the author brings up is something that gets touched on later, or only brought up so this protagonist can save the day or direct someone else to help out. She reads in on the enemies “Elfspeak” only at times to push the plot along. And it just happens on a whim, giving the impression that she isn’t activating it, but that it just falls into her lap and she can go ahead to direct someone to bring reinforcements. Even the time that she was truly in peril (though she was in peril more times than that, but since you got no sense of this…it almost doesn’t matter) she still managed to fight off a few assassins and save her grandmother and fight off a mystical giant spider…all the while recovering from a poisonous spider bite. That’s just one of many scenarios where the enemy pops up out of the blue, she fights a little bit and then some ally magically shows up in the nick of time to bring some reinforcements. Or the keys help her out.
The pacing of this story hurts the plot, with everything happening much too quickly. The passage of a month and the passage of a day are paced out the same, you get no sense of how long it takes them to get from point a to point b except when something along the lines of “we’ll leave in 48 hours” or “this will take a month” shows up. The author does like to track the passage of time through meals though, so there is that. Though, I lost track of how many times I read Alex’s breakfast of biscuits, butter, strawberry jam and tea, but it was enough that I ended up memorizing it. There was little filler in the whole story, though, another good point. Though there was one whole chapter just on Alex plowing a field, and that never really…came to amount to anything. It felt like a subplot that never got fully actualized.
The characters themselves are flat, static and cookie cutter. There are multiple characters and character relations to remember, but they come up so frequently, that I had little issues keeping track. The antagonists were all the same, as were the supporting characters, with the exception of Lady Lestin, who plays the “easily flustered noblewoman” to a t. Other than some things, they easily accept anything Alex says or does, even when before she should have gotten more than a slap on the hand for doing it.
The author does do a decent job on dialogue, and a decent job on foreshadowing. I can see this book being something for a younger crowd to really like, with Alex being some sort of Katniss for the younger generations. But other than that there were several parts of this work where it could have been overall better, and easily two or three times as long as it ended up being. The start of the story was good, the first few pages I was really curious of the story, but it felt like the author got overwhelmed by the plot and just wanted to slog it all out on the screen before going back to it. Alex became nothing more than a puppet until the very end and the very beginning, even with the author’s attempts to make her feel emotions. It was just too little too late, the plot overshadowed the characters and their lives. All in all this was an okay read, and if you have the chance to read it, don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous books. This could stand by itself, though with a clear ending toward the fourth installment.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I am not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.
I missed out on the background story by not being able to read the first two books in the series before picking up this one, but a few chapters in, I had a good enough idea of who was who and how all characters were connected. I love the high fantasy with the elves; it’s always been a favorite genre of mine. Alex is an amazing character, and she grew and changed a lot throughout the book which is especially impressive considering it’s the third book in a series.
Fans of high fantasy will no doubt enjoy this series, and I highly recommend it. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.
Alex is a strong female heroine. Plus, I like the fact that she is half elf. It makes her unique. In this book, I got to experience more of Alex's abilities as both a leader and her magical gifts. There is many travels as well in this book. Getting to travel to the different locations for new scenery kept the story interesting and moving along nicely.
The betrayal and the numerous attempts on Alex's live only showed just how strong Alex is. Some of the betrayers were a surprise to me. Reading this book was good times. I look forward to reading more books from this author.