I’m really disappointed with how this book and I got along.
I’m usually pretty open minded, and I absolutely love fantasy. The cover was gorgeous, the book synopsis was intriguing…so what happened? I asked myself that the entire way through the book (and I really struggled to finish this one…it took me almost three weeks), and even after I finished it, I just kept asking myself why this book and I just didn’t click.
I think that for me, this book was just…boring. The first three quarters of the book made pretty much no sense, and while it’s okay to keep a reader guessing until the end, it’s nice to at least have a hint as to what’s going on. Sure, once I finished the book it made sense, but that was like 350 pages of me asking “What the heck did I just read?” before I got any answers. The book also seemed kind of slower-paced (and that’s not the author or the book’s fault…I just have a tendency to read a lot of books that are full of action and something incredibly important happening every other page), and it kind of felt like it took forever to get anywhere.
The book itself wasn’t terrible…it wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read, so if I’m giving off that vibe, I don’t mean to be. It just wasn’t for me. I see tons of other great reviews for this book, so it’s obvious that I’m in the minority here, and that’s fine too. I’m glad others were able to enjoy it.
I’m honestly not quite sure how to sum up the plot without giving out a lot of information that is kept secret for a good portion of the book, so I won’t try, but I will mention that a lot of the things that happen in this book are absolutely crazy. Imagine…people who can bring each other back from the dead, talking lions, and a guy who can communicate better with animals (all animals, including sea life) better than he can with human beings. Like I said…absolutely crazy. Sometimes I just shook my head and had to wonder how the author could possibly stuff so many crazy, ridiculous things into one book and somehow make it work. I have a lot of respect for Mr. Hawkins for being able to do this, as most authors would never be able to pull something like this off.
While I can’t say this is going on my favorites list, it isn’t something that I absolutely hated. Now that I’ve finished it and had some time to reflect back on the book, I have to say that it was kind of interesting…just a little too long and drawn out for my taste.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.