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The evil characters throughout the book are clearly bad - all bad. There seemed to be something missing, for me. In my experience, people are complex. I didn’t see the motivation behind their actions. Maybe that’s something book two will dive into more, but I was hoping for some insight within book one.
The character development of both Esa and Wynn is excellent. They both grow realistically throughout the book. It was interesting to see their ways of speaking (mainly using contractions or not) change as they entered different circumstances, too.
As a small note, I love Pax!
Some of the secondary characters were more 2D than they could be. With the main story told from Esa and Wynn’s perspectives, that’s natural, but I did feel their characters could have been developed more. By the end of the book I knew a lot about Wynn and Esa, but very little about many other characters.
I really enjoyed the periodic reveals of characters' pasts (particularly Wynn’s) and the slow disclosing of magical elements throughout the story.
The grammar could use another pair of eyes. In addition, the use of diction within dialog was sometimes distracting. I’m not opposed to making dialog unique like this – in fact, it’s often a very good thing – but sometimes it felt like too much. A distinctive phrase here and there goes a long way.
The ending, while it does lead into book two, felt anticlimactic to me. I was left with a feeling of “wait, what?” It seemed a little rushed, especially since the rest of the book progressed steadily (not too slow, but savoring in the right moments). There is also a point (I’m being vague here in an effort to avoid spoilers) where I had to blink and reread, and I still wasn’t sure I believed it.
The sadder parts in the book were written well. I really felt for the characters as they dealt with what sometimes seemed like struggle after struggle. The emotions they feel are universal, and I appreciate the way the author handled them.
If One Falls has a lot of potential. The plot is one I haven’t seen done often, and I appreciate the focus on friendship, rather than romance. The book could use another round of edits, though, and the ending could come to a more satisfying close.
The problem is that I never found that truth in this book. The bad guys were nasty, but what were they doing and why? I have no idea.
I guess I'm not part of the audience for this one
The story centers on two young women who are thrown together by dire circumstances after their kingdom is destroyed and they are auctioned off to a sinister and cruel Lord. The women deal with their hardships (and secrets) differently but forge a strong and loyal friendship.
This is a good first book and a long one (over 300 pages) but I felt that the sweeping timelessness of an epic drama was undermined by the constant updates on time at the beginning of each chapter (ie, three days later, the same day, four days have passed). These updates, combined with the dialogue of the characters themselves asking how much time had passed, lent a choppy, disjointed feeling to the story. It seemed unnecessary to this reviewer.
I would have also loved more earthy description of food, culture and emotions. Contrasted with the emotionless Lord and the exile of the women, such description would have, also, lent an epic quality to story.
The dialogue and plot was good. Unanswered questions in the book point interested readers to the next book in the series which has not yet been published but is in the works.
I look forward to reading more from this author and believe that these books will eventually grow to be a popular and well-liked series.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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