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Heart of Iron Paperback – July 19, 2011
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Very fairytale and the last half is pretty boring since despite that supposedly things happen at an accelerating pace, there is no tension, no sense of danger, you know all will be cheery/peachy and even the bad guys may be redeemed so to speak, while the characters besides the narrator remain one dimensional throughout.
The one thing that kept me reading and for which I would give this a B- rating is the narrator who is engaging to the end and it was a pleasure; sadly this novel could have been so much better were it to either embrace steampunk in its essence - pure wish fulfillment adventure - or if it would have been darker and indeed realistic and one in which actions have consequences
The Bad: First off, please, PLEASE hire a better proof-reader! I have never read a book with so many grammatical errors and especially word omissions. Perhaps some of this was meant to add flavor to the characters' dialogue, and emphasize the differences in the languages spoken throughout the story. But it was inconsistent enough that I must conclude that it was erroneous. I found the sheer number of errors distracting. I understand that the author hails from Moscow, and is likely not a native English speaker. But please, find a more critical proof-reader for your English-language works!
Secondly, though I enjoyed the ride through the novel, there was nothing about the characters that I found particularly compelling. The slow revelation of facts about Jack made him somewhat more interesting. But otherwise, the characters were strictly stock types. I never really found myself caught up in the story to the point that I felt that I should, given the very good historical groundwork and beautiful scenery that the author deployed.
Lastly, the book just sort of....ended. I can only assume that the author intends to write another installment with these characters, as the main character conflict, whether or not the heroine, Sasha, will choose one of the two male protagonists for a love interest, was left completely unresolved. I can't say that I as a reader was pleased by that.
In general, it should be said that I did read this book cover to cover, which I don't always do - it held my attention well enough for me to want to complete it. If the author wrote a sequel, I would pick it up as well. I would give her work a second try, but I am hoping for a little more the next time around.
One thing that Sedia does well (to put it lightly) is immersing her readers in the scene and characters. I've never been to Europe, much less Eurasia/Russia, yet I felt as if I were right there with Sasha, Jack, and the rest. Her prose is lush and gorgeous, and so comfortable that it's like one of those old couches that you've worn a butt grove into that you're loathe to leave after you sit down. It sucks you right in, and you don't want to leave.
However, one of the pitfalls of the novel early on is that there is a bit more telling instead of showing than I could tolerate, but that was soon fixed as the novel went on. I guess, in an alt-history book a certain amount of telling is something that can't be entirely avoided, so I will give that to Sedia. But at least it's not ALL telling, and once we're with Sasha in school, the telling stops and the showing goes into glorious overdrive.
And then there's another added element which she kind of sneaks in under the reader's nose - the paranormal. Paranormal in alt-history and steampunk genre books isn't at all rare, but the way Sedia wove it into her story was so subtle, I actually had to go back and reread a small portion to catch it. One of the problems with being an aspie is to over-notice things, and the fact she got it by me is an achievement in of itself. And the best part? It's not overbearing, nor is the budding romance between two of our heroes (I won't say who, that'd spoil things), which made me extremely happy.
In short? Sedia is an author not to be missed, nor is "Heart of Iron" a book you should ignore. It's awesome. It has something for everyone, and isn't derailed into any one genre or market for gender, age, or nationality. It includes everyone, and it felt great to be so welcomed into a world of words.
I definitely now want to go back and read anything and everything Sedia's written so far, you can be sure of that. She's a quiet voice in sci-fi/fantasy genre lit, but she deserves far more attention than she's getting. So if you want something new and awesome, try out "Heart of Iron", and savor the difference between this story and all of the others told so many times before.
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