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Saving Beauty (Crown of Stars) Paperback – March 7, 2016
About the Author
Elizabeth D. Marie enjoys writing stories that integrate faith, history, adventure, romance, and the real-life struggles of the human condition. She published her first book “Awaiting the Dawn” of the Web of Time series when she was nineteen and has been actively writing/publishing ever since.
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In the middle of that overall romance story there are a bunch of subplots, like foothills, where you'd have problem, conflict, resolution, before a new one begins. This made the pacing seem a bit weird in places and I felt the book could have ended in at least three different spots due to the way these plots were put together. They were good reads, but I think it would have worked better to overlap a few rather than feeling like several short stories put together. There is also a reveal which is kept from the reader even though the main character learns about it well before the end. It annoyed me because it was such an obvious ploy to have something for the book's ending.
I felt the bad human guys were too one dimensional, though that is pretty common these days so you can cheer when they get what's coming to them. I did love the variety of the non-human enemies and felt they were unique from other fantasy stories which made them interesting. There are plenty of unresolved mysteries dealing with them for the next book too (whenever that one comes out). One in particular was really vexing and I can't wait to find out more about him.
I must say I would have liked more detail about how they cleaned out one of the enemy's nests. It was just brushed over when I was expecting more detail since it was a major deal in the effort to win the war. I'm thinking Barbara Hambly's The Darwath Series for a nicely detailed nest burning.
There were a few grammar mistakes scattered throughout but I didn't feel they came often enough to distract from the story.
Ok so my biggest pet peeve is actually the endnotes in the middle of the story to mark each made up word as if the reader couldn't work out what the possible meaning was from the context it appears in. I'd rather just see an appendix of terminology rather than endnotes. In the over a thousand books I have on my Kindle, this is the first one to do that. If the story is good enough, you don't need the definitions and there's no way in heck I'm going to click away from the story to figure out that yes, Creator is their god (duh), that's a measurement (don't really care how big it is), etc.
In conclusion, I really liked this story and I'm whining because there isn't a book 2 yet. Don't worry, this ends with a HEA and no cliffhanger.