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The Keeper and the Rulership Paperback – September 1, 2015
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This is a very solid YA fantasy, with enjoyable characters, that stays away from the most onerous of tropes. I give this book a 4/5. Here is my breakdown.
Characters: 4/5. Sorensen does a great job in establishing the characters and their motivations. Each is sufficiently distinct from the others and has obvious motivations that make sense. Their interactions are fun and they fit well within the world that she’s established. I enjoyed spending time with them; their behaviors were consistent and well-reasoned, with little of the “random” things that characters can do because of “plot necessity.”
Plot/Storyline: 4/5. A fun story that, while it doesn’t leave profound, lasting marks on my soul, was a very worthy use of my time. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent in Raneh’s world, walking beside her as she came to her realizations and made her decisions. The development of the world was well-done, and felt very real to me.
My only concern with the storyline is the ending. The ending itself was fine, but it felt abbreviated, like it came too soon after the climax of the story with insufficient denouement. I would have liked more wrap-up.
Technical Aspects: 4/5. The story moved quickly and was a treat to read. I had a good time and didn’t trip up over choppy sentences, poor dialogue, or exposition. A well-constructed book that allowed me to access the story.
Spelling/Grammar: 4.5/5. There were a few, very few, typos in this book. Well done!
Overall: 4/5. This is a very solid book, clean, fun, and well-crafted. I enjoyed it very much and want to read more from Sorensen. She is very talented and I look forward to seeing more of her work. Thank you!
Then there are the characters: protagonist Raneh, who is the Freshgrown family's heir; her shrewd, somewhat gluttonous younger brother Hurik; her impulsive, beautiful little sister Yaika; and a number of suitors who all have significant drawbacks. I really enjoyed all the characters: there was something good-natured about everyone and about how they interacted--which isn't to say that there weren't conflicts among them, just that the conflicts weren't lacerating or soul crushing, the way they can be in some books. Raneh narrates the story, and her voice is conversational, confessional, and appealing.
The first half of the book (approximately) establishes Raneh in her home situation and introduces her secret, possibly deadly problem: she can work magic. Several interesting additional plot problems come up (who Raneh will choose as a suitor, if anyone, what Hurik's going to do with himself, whether the family can survive Yaika's impulsivity and self-promotion), but the novel veers away from most of those in the second half to focus on the meaning and consequences of Raneh's magic ability. I found this fascinating, but it's also highly conceptual. If you like stories that play with ideas, you'll probably enjoy it--you may still have quibbles with various details (I did), but those are enjoyable quibbles, the kind that come from being engaged with the ideas the author's exploring. Even if you do enjoy it, you may yearn a little for the richness of characters and interactions of the first half of the book, but we don't lose the home-y, familial feel of the first part entirely. The last line of the story belongs to Yaika, and it's a great one.
There's a sequel that I'm looking forward to reading. It's going to focus on Raneh, but I hope Yaika will get some airtime too.
I did like the book, however.. I felt myself wanting more. I wanted to learn more of the dynamics between Jontan and Raneh, etc.
I struggled to find interest in this, and that rarely happens with me and reading. It WAS good.. It just didn't hold my interest the way I had thought it would.
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This book was a pretty good read!
After reading the description of the book I was interested in it, and having...Read more