- File Size: 2081 KB
- Print Length: 297 pages
- Publisher: Elisabeth Wheatley; 2 edition (March 17, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UVKRM1E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Okay, now for the criticisms. Why can't I give this book five stars? I have one major point, and a few more minor ones to make. First off is the character of Janir. I like her. She's a sympathetic character. But she doesn't have what one would call a "character arc", or at least one that is obvious. Janir is a rather passive character. Things happen to her. She reacts to outside events rather than acting herself. It's also hard for me to discern how she changed throughout the book. Janir at the end of the story is more or less the same as Janir at the beginning. I also didn't get a sense for what she wants or needs. The way good fiction is typically written is that you introduce a character with a particular want or need. Whatever it is, they want or need it real bad. You then throw their life into chaos, giving them a chance to obtain it. They spend the rest of the story trying to get their life back into balance, and by the end they are changed in some way, being a different person than when the story began. I cannot see this in Janir, as much as I like her character.
The other things that detract from the readability are more minor beginning-writer mistakes; such as, overuse of adverbs, overuse of colorful dialogue tags (eg, exclaimed, pleaded, snorted, bemoaned, etc.), repetition of words and phrases, repetition of character names and/or he/she, occasionally awkward sentences and dialogue, and even a few typos throughout.
I think if Wheatley can avoid some of these mistakes in future books, and write more active characters, she'll definitely go far as an author. I'm looking forward to seeing what she releases in the future. Hopefully, she will achieve further growth as a writer.
Speaking of wizards, I would like to personally thank Ms. Wheatley for giving the world the young enchanter Karile. He is the most wonderful depiction of obnoxious but lovable younger brother material I think I've ever come across in this genre (note: he's not actually Janir's brother, he just has that feel. Janir has a younger brother and lemme tell you, he's a piece of work!). Karile is the perfect comic relief, and yet he comes through in more serious moments, gets Janir into the best of scrapes, and then, sometimes, out of them, and...well, you'll just have to read The Key to enjoy him yourself.
Ms. Wheatley's writing is generally very strong. The characters are well-rounded and each have their own unique voice, the plot has a few twists that will surprise you, and for as evil as a villain as we meet, we're left with a sense of complexity when it comes to understanding him. I did notice some passages that were awkward, and a couple places where the pacing was off, but it was not enough to take away from the read. I am looking forward to reading the next books in this series.
Recommended for: fans of epic fantasy, strong heroines, younger brothers, and sword and sorcery.
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