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But I just couldn't get absorbed in the story. I can't believe I'm about to say this, but I think the author's good vocabulary and grammar may have been his downfall. Everything felt very formal and too smooth. Dialogue and narrative bled together a bit for me, and most of the characters didn't seem to have a very unique voice in terms of word usage, even if their personalities were extremely different. For example, I had a very hard time feeling the urgency of an escape scene because the sentences tended to be long and descriptive rather than short and pointed. This may be a very picky thing, but it definitely kept this from being a 5-star book for me. But that's just a preference, and this author doesn't write in the style I tend to prefer.
So why 4 stars instead of lower? Well, the plot is what kept me coming back to this book even when I would put it down for a breather. The characters themselves are quirky and while they each had a bit of a twist, there was enough of the classic fantasy tropes to keep my Tolkien-loving heart happy. And the world building gave me a place I was interested in seeing again. I would definitely consider reading the next installment in this series, but I have to admit it wouldn't be on the top of my TBR pile.
For me, this was the perfect adventure: it's a personal adventure with some larger implications (but no universe changing, chosen-one hyperbole) without need the plot to be cozy. I hope to see more of Mary and her friends.