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gripping tale, writing still needs some polish
am 31. Mai 1999
I really read this through fast. It was so involving and gripping, I did not want it to end but I really wanted to know what happens on the next page - both these attributes are rare, and I thank Anne Bishop for writing books that offer both.
And - and this makes Anne Bishop outstanding for me - she manages this with quite a number of flaws in her story: Jaenelle's friends are not quite fleshed out (such a lot of names, such a lot of alliances between them and none of it told, all of it just mentioned in passing - I had no chance of even remembering who is who), there are a lot of jumps in her story where transitions are sketchy and a few sentences thrown in are supposed to explain a battle or disaster scene of many pages, the emotional growth of Jaenelle (respect for her body, e.g.) just happens in a page or so, Sadi is "forgotten" by everyone for endless amounts of time and the justifications for that are sketchy, Jaenelle's marriage just happens in passing.
So, yes, I had a lot of criticism after thinking it over, or even while reading. But, and that is why this book gets five stars, I still wanted to read it, I enjoyed it, it kept me hooked and completely distracted from all else. I hope that Anne Bishop's writing gets even better, but even if it never does, I will wait for each of her books and look forward to them with anticipation - and have pleasure from reading them.
Finally, to respond to other comments: I found the violence and the sex all necessary to the story and not excessive at all - it fit into her dark tale very well.