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218 pages, Paperback
Published June 27, 2017
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It took a few solid pages to really understand the storyline and what was actually happening and why, but once I did the book was very easy to read and follow. This book reminded me a lot of the cartoon series Avatar…. you know with the fire, water, earth and air benders? If you enjoy fantasy novels where some have abilities this is definitely a book for you! Fantasy is my element, I find it hard to read something with the characteristics of this genre and not enjoy it. This book, (as the title states) features a lot of fighting, battles, death and triumph as these are themes of war.
I did struggle with the writing style of this book. I felt that at times it was almost to easy to follow as I felt the reader was being told what was happening so specifically, that I couldn’t really challenge myself. I wanted to be shown more of what was happening, rather than simply being told what was happening if that makes sense? While the book did jump around quite a bit (changing focalisation and changing setting) it was easy to get lost and have to re-read certain passages to get caught up to speed, however I was able to connect with the characters regardless of this hiccup.
You read multiple points of views.
I struggled in reading certain scenes mainly because of the quick changes and shifts in setting but if you enjoy books where the focalisation changes this book uses and explores this well. Focalisation refers to the perception changing through a third person narrator, so you never get a first person perspective in reading this. I find I enjoy books that are written this way as you tend to get to know multiple characters.
I loved some characters, while completely loathing others which is what you want in a good story. The female characters in this book were very strong willed, determined characters and whenever reading characters like that I always find myself enjoying reading their scenes. I believe there were three main storylines that ultimately merge but as this book had so many characters - it was very hard to keep up!
Please don’t read this and assume this is going to be a love story. While there are very minimal instances of romance in this book it isn’t the central focus or really explored in this book. I actually enjoyed this book more so because of this. I enjoyed reading a book for the first time that focused more on the destruction and repercussions of war, rather than a war love story.
a few little grammar hiccups…
I tend to not focus to much on grammar errors of authors firsts works. These are their babies and I try not to speak so harshly about books that people have put so much thought and care into. It is undeniable that there were a few grammar errors, words left out, however this didn’t stop me or drastically prevent me from being able to progress in the story. I wasn’t detached and I was very much present in the events of the book.
Overall I really did enjoy this book.
I may not have absolutely fallen in love with the book but I enjoyed the characters and their journeys throughout this tale.