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- Publisher: Runaway Pen (November 20, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 20, 2013
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Sora's Quest (The Cat's Eye Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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We then zip over to Sora who is a nobleman's daughter about to have her coming out party. Things go nuts as her father is murdered and she takes the opportunity to start her escape from this life. That ends before she even leaves the house as the assassin bumps into her and stops just short of killing her. For unknown reasons, he spares her and settles for kidnapping.
Sora is brought with the assassin and his two fellow criminals as they dash away into the night. They're both fleeing pursuit by the man in the prologue as well as heading for payment for a job well done.
It was at about 25% when I realized I didn't like where this was going. The effort to make the reader like (or at least not dislike) the criminal band was cloying in its obviousness. While Sore mostly maintains her stance of righteous anger, she also is very complacent.
It's okay(as one says) that they're thieves and murderers because there are worse things in the world. After all, they could've raped her and left her for dead. . . yep, you heard right. Because there are WORSE crimes out there that means these guys are not so bad.
I mean, they KIDNAP her, she's not being blamed for her father's death because of THEM, she's repeatedly threatened, told she can't leave, etc. But it's all good because they let her ride a horse and feed her meals and call her sweetness.
The conflict between seeing the author leading the reader to like these men and set up Sora to like them as well got to be too much. By 50% I wanted to quit. I really did. But I hate hitting halfway because it's that war between finish or do not.
I finished, and I was so glad to have it over with. Interesting plot, very good writing, descriptions were on point, but the characters were HORRIBLE. We have the father who it's okay that he got murdered because he was a terrible person. The guy chasing Sora and her merry band who you might feel bad for if he didn't talk about how happily he killed people and even killed 3 people in gruesome ways to enact dark blood magic.
There's Sora who by the end has definitely got her case of Stockholm syndrome that we were being led up too. Then the race of Catlins who are all brutal, savage, warmongers. The guy in charge of seeking out justice for Sora's father's murder is falsely accusing Sora and even has her hostage for a short time.
Not to mention the three guys who are holding Sora captive. I don't care that they were "nice" at times. That they weren't trying to kill her, etc. The ONLY reason she wasn't killed right away was because they needed her to use her necklace(which she does very well). They weren't letting her live out of kindness. I mean, Dorian has blackout spells and Crash's first instinct is to kill him and we're told he killed a companion before over the same thing.
It's not until 84% people that we see anything emotion wise from Crash(the assassin). And that's when Sora saves his life and he's like, wow, she just saved my life.
*SPOILER* Let's forget that Dorian who is his actual, willing traveling companion died in that same event.(we're never told why the assassin who is doing all the dirty work and taking the pay has two people willing to travel with him. Not to mention he's being hunted.) Crash is like, "oh, the dead thief. I guess maybe we'll bury him at some point. He's dead now so he's basically a piece of useless wood." *END SPOILER*]
Talk about a character you just don't like. This guy cares for no one and nothing. He admits that he kills people for the money and there's no scale of right and wrong he uses. He has shown no real feeling for Sora at all until she saves his life and it makes it feel unbelievable that he is affected at all.
*SPOILER* Sora also meets her mother at the end and finds out why she's been a no show. The woman tricked Sora's father(who isn't actually her father) into marrying her and then pretended that the child she was pregnant with(Sora) was his. Then Lord found out and banned Sora's mother who left without Sora figuring she'd have a better life that way anyway. *END SPOILER*
In summary, nice writing style, very clear and detailed world that was written brilliantly. But the characters and the setup for "we'll all be friends" was too annoying for me. I didn't like a single person in here and will not be continuing on with the series.
I heard about this novel from Angela @ pooled ink who wrote a raving review. In fact, the review was so exuberant in its praise, that I immediately went and downloaded the novel, which was available for free on Amazon.
Now I had issues with this novel at the start. I didn’t like the prologue. But I thought to meself, “well, we are obviously not supposed to like the bad guy.” So I kept going. Then the novel proper started and we were introduced to the heroine.
The main character Sora was a whiny brat of a 17 year old. Yes, her father is a bit of an unlovable jerk but she didn’t seem to have the worst life. I mean, I get that she doesn’t want to marry. I was cool with that. However, she didn’t seem to have any other plans except to run away. And how she went about it didn’t seem that bright.
Now of course as she is attempting to run away, she is instead kidnapped by an assassin. I have a soft spot for assassin novels, so I got excited and thought that here is where it is going to start getting good.
Sadly that was not true for me. New characters kept getting introduced and I didn’t like any of them. Not only that, but the world building seemed almost non-existent and flat. Add to the fact that the group wanders in the swamp in seemingly circles for the majority of the novel and I just couldn’t take it anymore.
Now if I found the novel so irksome then why ye ask did I read to 79 percent? Because I somehow wanted to magically capture the reading enjoyment that Angela had. I mean, obviously she loved it and she quickly downloaded and gobbled up the remainder of the series. I kept thinking that if I kept reading the hook would catch me and the enthrallment would begin.
But this seems to be a case of this novel not being for me. I had to abandon the book and subsequently the series.
I am glad however that it has captured the fancy of other readers. So don’t necessarily take me word for it. Read the pooled ink’s contrasting viewpoint and if ye like to give this one a chance.
As always I find when people disagree with me reading tastes to be sort of fascinating.
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