, August 05, 2012
(view all comments by yukitonmsyndromer)
First and foremost, I think Joe Ducie has created an incredible world. It's very inventive. I was grasped from the get-go and couldn't put this down until I reached the conclusion. Declan is an enjoyable character, for all that the world seems to hate him. In his past he made some hard choices to end a brutal war, but he ends up an exiled criminal for his troubles. Other characters take a backseat. For the most part they are interesting or surprising in some way. The book is very fast paced, and sometimes I feel like really cool things or people are just glossed over. Because this is the first book in a series, I'm willing to let that slide in the hopes that later books will do more fleshing out. Events that happened prior to this story, such as the Tome Wars, really interest me but were largely glossed over as well.
The plot was filled with twists and turns. Heck, characters that are mentioned in passing become relevant in unexpected ways. I'll not say anything more, because I can't figure out how to convey what I mean without spoiling things. Ducie's writing should also be complemented; he manages to write beautifully without sounding too wordy or over-wrung.
So, in summation I really enjoyed this. I'm actually kind of surprised I haven't heard of Ducie before, his works seem to be right up my alley.