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East of the Sun by Julia Gregson
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Aug 07, 14

bookshelves: historical, 2000-09-release
Read in September, 2008

I found this book very hard going, not because it's a difficult or demanding read - far from it - but because most of the story completely failed to engage my interest. I only kept reading in the hope that it would improve - which, thankfully, it did, albeit not until the final quarter. Part of the problem is that the characters aren't particularly likeable - Tor is annoying, Rose insipid, and Guy downright horrible (and then we're expected to care about his potential demise!) There also seems to be a lot of unnecessary description, which makes parts of the book feel extremely slow-paced and tedious. While this book did at least interest me enough to keep reading until the end, ploughing through it ultimately felt like an unrewarding endeavour.
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