Top critical review
Good ideas, terribly conveyed.
on September 14, 2013
I give this two stars only because I feel it deserves an extra star because the author had some very good ideas. Demons rising every night, towns more than a day's walk losing almost all contact with each other. Humanity slowly dwindling away. I was very excited for this book. Unfortunately, there were a few problems in my way to getting much enjoyment out of this book.
The biggest issue for me was a lack of character death, which the author tried to make up for with cheap shortcuts. I don't consider rape and sexual abuse a good way to build a character, especially when it's been awfully and awkwardly written. There were a few times where I was wondering to myself what I was reading this book. Plain and simple, the characters were shallow and just not believable. How many times must I read about one of the main characters losing her "flower". It's almost as though the author was trying for a certain writing style that just wasn't him, and end up coming off as lazy and awkward.
Another fairly large issue for me was the names. All the characters had the average every day names, except in almost every case, there was something about them that was spelled differently, or maybe I'm just not pronouncing them like the author intended. If that's the case, it's just annoying. How would you pronounce 'Gared'? It actually got so bad to the point of being both distracting and annoying.
This book really felt like a chore to read, which is such a shame, because there were initially some very good ideas at work.