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The Silver Branch by Patricia Kennealy
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Aug 26, 08

bookshelves: fiction, fantasy-sci-fi
Read in October, 2004

The Silver Branch wasn't what I expected, in that I expected it to be historical Celtic fantasy and it turned out to be futuristic Anne McCaffery-esque interplanetary struggles. Unfortunately, the similarity didn't end there, and it also possessed some very McCaffery-esque failures in writing style. Nowhere near enough descriptions of places and scenery, and a 'rushed' attitude to Aeron's early life to get up to the bits that Kennealy more wanted to write about. Things that with a bit of time could have been fascinating instead are hurried over and become unsatisfyingly vague, and the plot had a tendency to drift into overly romanticised mills-and-boon predictability. In another's hands, or even if Kennealy had shown more discipline in writing, this concept could have become something really great, instead of just a mediocre, forgettable effort.
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