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I just couldn’t take this puree any more. Maybe if I was a preteen this would have been ok, but its simplisticness [NOT simplicity mind you] just bored me.
David Eddings’ Belgariad or Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea Trilogy are good examples of simplicity. Yet at the same time they are engaging and well written.
This book was not engaging or well written. It was boring and pedestrian. The characters were inconsistent in how they reacted to varied situations and the whole world itself was just off.
Example. A village has some sort of royalty that everyone used to look up to. Only now, he’s a doddering old man and a warmongering priest has moved in and taken over control. Ok, since this world has been this way for 1000’s of years, I’m assuming that there is a regulated transfer of control of power from one generation to the next. SO WHY ISN’T THE HEIR RULING THE VILLAGE AND KEEPING THE PRIESTS OUT? It just reeked of ‘make up a situation without thinking it through”ness. And just little things like that where the implications weren’t thought through. It was annoying.
There was nothing bad, it just was amateur’ish and not worth my time.
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Author: Daniel Arenson