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Watcher's Web (Return of the Aghyrians: Young Adult Science Fiction Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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On top of that, this is a very badly executed tale of the classic orphan finding she has soecial powers combined with the classic girl refusing to be ladylike and owning her own. Plus the classic two geogous men interested in her romantically. None work of these themes are well executed. The power is never really clariified, she really is not independent, and there really is no romance. Character development is quite poor. All in all, a hodgepodge of a book.
The story played out slowly, sometimes I wish I could have seen into the characters minds, myself. But, good things come to those,you know. This isn't like any story I have ever read-the place and situations so different and described so well I could almost smell the mint and the flowers. (We won't talk about the fish smell and the sewer, okay?)
Once I started to read I found it hard to put down. Finished it in one day, well the last 4% I finished this morning. I loved it and can't wait to read Trader's Honour. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to get away to a new place and time for a while. This is the book for you.
The Watcher’s Web has an intriguing and unique premise and it is very well-written with a strong female protagonist whose struggles are familiar and universal for young adult girls everywhere: the struggle to determine one’s identity, one’s family, who one loves, what one wants out of life, and what is and how to use one’s inner strength. Jansen has dreamt up a creative world that immediately pulls the reader out of Australia and into an outer space unlike any you've read about before: there’s no warp drive, just the Exchange, a network that allows alien races to travel between the many planets of the Union, and some of these aliens are equipped with such a strong life force they can kill with their mind. Smack dab in the middle is Jessica, angry, scared, and lost, a seventeen-year-old girl from Australia, who may not really be a girl from Australia after all.
However Watcher’s Web is not only long-winded, it contains adult language and quite a few sexual scenes and references (including orgies), both of which act as a crutch for weak dialogue and boring plot twists.
Sum up: Three out of five stars, this is a well-written book set in a unique world with a sympathetic and strong female protagonist and an intriguing premise, but it does not live up to its potential by being long-winded and overly dependent on sexual references and foul language. However, I admit that sexual references and foul language are not my cup of tea, perhaps prejudicing me against an otherwise well-written book.
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