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- Print Length: 237 pages
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- Publisher: Arini; 1 edition (November 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OYQZJ6Q
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Wyrd Calling (Wyrd Bound Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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I'm glad I gave Wyrd Calling a chance, though. It's a strange sort of story where I enjoyed it, even though I didn't like Thalia, the protagonist. Being locked in her head for the story was the only real drawback for the book. Don't get me wrong, she came across as true and real, but the way her mind worked was, at times, infuriating. Obsessive, repetitive thought patterns regularly intrude on the story. She also has a little mental box where she locks away her past, which is bothersome because she keeps referring to painful history, but it takes forever to actually hear what it is. Even when it comes out in bits and pieces, it leaves you wanting to yell at her to just tell you what happened already, and it's still vague enough that you can't really be certain! Her multiple personalities warring inside her give her a bizarre unpredictable quality that you can tell drives everyone around her nuts. She's as likely to bite you as nuzzle in for a cuddle, depending on what aspect is nearest the surface. It's quite jarring when in one chapter she's empathetic and wants to do her job right, and in the next she's cold and uncaring. There are reasons for the shifts in mood, but they always feel like Thalia is a creature of extremes.
I really liked the tri-shifter idea. Although the crow and jaguar were the most dominant animals in her repertoire, Thalia also has a wolf buried in there. And at times we see her ... when all the animals are quiet and not fighting with each other to take control, Thalia comes out and enjoys the peace and quiet in her own head.
The world is dynamic and interesting, as is the plot. And while I often find myself frustrated with authors who go into too much information of real settings, like you need to be a local to envision it properly and all the street names make sense to you, this story goes to the opposite extreme. It could take place almost anywhere, really. I never felt anchored anywhere. It felt like it was supposed to be a real place, but the name was never mentioned, just like how specific names of shows, restaurants, etc. were left unnamed. In the end it's an unimportant detail - it doesn't matter where it all takes place.
In terms of pacing, there's plenty of action - even if most of it is not related to the plot. Random bar brawls aplenty. I have no complaints there.
Without getting into spoilers, I both liked and disliked the ending, which fits since there were so many times I found myself liking and disliking elements in the story. It was much more abrupt than I was expecting, but on the other hand it avoided cliche "bad guy speeches." This is the first in a series, so I'm curious to see where it goes with what it's left open - which is a lot. I feel like a stronger finish with another story arc or two wrapped up would have been more satisfying, but since I do want to continue on with the series in the future, perhaps the ending did just what Shen Hart was looking for, in my case.
Overall, this book gave me lots to think about while I was going through it. Animal psychology and multiple personalities pervade the story, and while Thalia annoyed me many times, she stayed true to herself ... as true as someone with multiple animal personalities fighting for dominance in her head could be, anyway. I can't give it 4 stars, but it's better than 3, so I'm giving it 3.5/5.
Again it was good, I was intrigued enough to get the second book, and having finished the second book, I'm actually looking forward to the third book because I still feel like there's "not enough" being told. Not that it's a horrible cliffhanger type, but now I'm invested in figuring out how the different relationships introduced in THIS book will play out and the power struggle between the characters and the Wyrd Sisters. I like this concept of some concept of the three "fates" mythology mixed with shape-shifters, fae, elves and the "normal human world".
This isn't to say that the novel was poor, it was - as I eluded to earlier - a fairly engaging read, but it was ultimately average. The characters were introduced at a fairly rapid rate, the dialog a little shallow, and the inner monologue didn't seem particularly believable; the end result was a mild amount of confusion as we pieced the backstory of what, exactly, our protagonist is throughout the book.
Hart does introduce some new concepts into the supernatural genre with mixed success though; I really enjoy her take on werewolves and shape-shifters. Unfortunately, while the concept was awesome (our characters have to fight to keep their animal sides hidden from society), the execution was a little lackluster. For example, the main character is a rare form of shape-shifter and is able to shift into multiple animals (wolf, jaguar, and raven) and has a personality that is understandable conflicted.
This conflict comes across in her dialog and inner monologue, but (as I mentioned earlier) both are somewhat unpolished and felt lacking. With a little extra polish in these areas to make them feel more natural, then the conflict between the wolf, jaguar, raven, and human parts of our protagonist would have given us a far more angst, love, and emotional conflict within our main character. As it stands now, however, our protagonist seemed more emotionally invested in settling her love life affairs than in calming the beast(s) within.
All in all, Wyrd Calling introduced some new concepts that were just-off-of-main-stream enough to be refreshing without jarring, but without the polish of a more experienced writer, they were obfuscated by a series of near-misses and almost-awesome scenes.