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Stained Glass Monsters: Eferum Book 1 Paperback – January 4, 2011
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Andrea K Höst is an Australian writer of fantasy and science fantasy.
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Top Customer Reviews
Also easily one of my all-time favorite worlds, situations. The discussions between Ren and Kendall--I really wish more books would take the time to allow their characters to have discussions like theirs. To not just act but weigh the morality, the consequences. Highly fascinating read in an equally fascinating world of monsters and magic.
Going down on my list of all-time favorites. Can't wait for the sequel!
There are a lot of fascinating threads in the premise of this book, and Host once again manages to create a fantasy world and story that steers clear of the torrent of tropes that flood the genre. I love me some romance on the side in my books, and Host has, as usual, has created a unique and totally engaging line of romance in this book.
My only complaints are that there was so much complex information about how the magic worked in this world, it was too much to keep track of and seemed a bit like infodumping in places. The total package didn't seem tied together quite as neatly as this author's other works. But still, as I said, overall I did enjoy this book for sure. Host has become one of my "auto-buy" authors
First, here's a bit more detailed summary of the story (I don't think it contains any spoilers): three hundred years ago, the queen of Tyrland felt that her reign was threatened and found a way to dramatically increase her magic. At the last minute, her son prevented her from succeeding, but he failed to truly stopped her. Now, years later, she has another chance, and only Rennyn Clair and her brother seem to know how to stop her--but everyone knows that they aren't telling the whole story.
Okay, so that doesn't explain much more than the provided summary, but I don't want to give anything away. So what problems did I have with the story? Mainly, it was the fact that the book had multiple points of view. One of the reason's I enjoyed Ms. Host's other books is that they really let you sink into the main character; you understand their personality, their motives, etc. This book jumps between Kendall, a young farm girl Rennyn saves at the beginning of the story, and Rennyn herself. By the end of the book, I felt that I had a handle on the characters, but it took much longer than it does with a story with a single POV. Of course, it doesn't help that a big point of the story was that no one knew or could know Rennyn's plans or motives, not even the reader. This makes for a very satisfying climax to the story but can be a little irritating during the rest of the book (but the secrecy is part of the point, isn't it?).
All in all, this book is a very satisfying fantasy story, with well-realized characters and a very detailed and interesting magic system. I am curious to see where she takes the story in her next book; with the big threat of this story apparently removed, I suspect it may be heavy on political intrigue and maneuvering (where as this one was heavy on magic and fighting), but I could be very wrong. I look forward to finding out!
I loved Rennyn and her brother: brilliant , very competent, somewhat arrogant, but always concerned about other people, never spiteful, never petty. Flawed, but lovable characters. Kendall got on my nerves at times, but she is such a model teenager I had to laugh as well. I felt really moved with the tragedy of the Kellians, people made by magic and therefore completely tangled with this magic, dependant on it.
Good pace, unpredictable story - rather tangled, in fact. I think I managed to grasp all the details only on the third reading...
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