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Good but far from perfect
am 12. Mai 2013
In my opinion a good fantasy novel consists of the following parts (my score in the brackets after each one):
1) good writing style (4/5)
2) "realism", meaning traceability of the characters' actions, the world, the story, ... (2/5)
3) interesting plot / story (5/5)
1) The book is written in an ego-perspective. This allows a fast progress of the story and a believable elapse of time. Another advantage is that the reader is not constantly forced to wait for the next turn of his or her favorite storyline.
Her writing style appears to be good, but then again my English is not - so how should I really tell? I liked it anyway, though I have read better.
2) The world is interesting, as is the magic system. The behavior of the characters throughout the book though is not at all plausible to me. In short and without spoilers: The villain could easily kill the heroes throughout the whole book, but he does not. The heroes could easily stop the villain throughout most of the book, but do not. So what could have ended after 10 pages is done with in more than 600 totally unrealistic pages.
Some examples: The King-in-waiting constantly fears for the safety of his queen. He has soldiers aplenty and the power to form a guard for her, yet she has no guards whatsoever. Therefor she almost gets killed several times - still no guards.
The villain recently killed the queens brother and is obviously ruthless and evil. The queen and the good guys know that he wants the queen to die. On top of that there are Forged ones (~zombies) in the region. And yet for some reason the queen leaves the castle without guards (!) in the company of the villain (!!) to then get lost in the landscape all alone with the evil zombies.
To the very end of the book King Shrewd and the good guys are absolutely blind to Regals plotting, though Chade and the Fool are supposed to know pretty much everything that is happening or going to happen in and around the castle.
There are forged-ones (zombies) in the region and everyone is unhappy that the king does nothing about it. Yet he secretly sends his assassin instead of publicly sending an army - thus the people continue to be unhappy and the assassin almost gets killed.
I could continue with more such examples, but I guess you see my point.
3) The book hooked me up, I really wanted to know how it ends. The problem though is, that it constantly annoyed me with its implausibility of character behavior and was therefor only partly enjoyable. The intrigues lack the plausibility of George R.R. Martin's "The Song of Ice and Fire" (Game of Thrones).
The real story though fortunately develops allot faster than in "The Song of Ice and Fire" and is quite interesting.
A good book flawed by many implausibilities, that was still quite entertaining. I would give it 3,5 stars if I could.
Sorry for my bad English, it was surprisingly hard to write this.