I was torn between two and three stars, but settled on three because on the whole I have a positive impression of this book. Its strength is that it tI was torn between two and three stars, but settled on three because on the whole I have a positive impression of this book. Its strength is that it takes into consideration the culture and philosophy Paul was combating when he wrote his letters. However, it's rather lacking on the analysis side. There were vital details it lacked that made it confusing at times. Not a good extensive resource....more
While it was always boring, I started out optimistic about this book. But now, half-way through, and every word increasing my agony and loathing exponWhile it was always boring, I started out optimistic about this book. But now, half-way through, and every word increasing my agony and loathing exponentially, I have to call it quits. I admit that the poetic quality of the writing did appeal to me, and it could at times be beautiful. But that alone cannot make a book worthwhile. The flaws just grew and grew until I couldn't take it anymore.
As a fantasy adventure series, this book was sorely lacking in good descriptions and contained an astounding amount of plot holes. For no discernible reason, the author invented creatures and then never described them. I can't help but see it as extremely lazy writing. (What the heck is a vawn? What even was Dukal? Why does the Keeper permeate the story but serve no actual purpose?)
Scenes that I believe were supposed to be dramatic and intense seemed to be missing every other sentence. It was like those math problems where the instructions explain some of the steps but withhold crucial parts just to watch you suffer. I kept having to go back to try and figure out why this character changed position or why on earth they were saying that or reacting this way, but I never found any reasons or clarity for these confusions. The main character, for crying out loud, apparently has a magic power that's NEVER described and I spent most of the time having no idea what she was doing or why it mattered.
Furthermore, the characters lacked any motivation that I could see, especially those central to the main (only) conflict: the king, absent queen, and placid people who just put up with the weak plot device of the government restricting their colors and creations. There was no depth either to them or even to the main characters, and I found myself utterly apathetic to anything that happened. They were astoundingly bland and rather closely resembled the characters I tried to write when I was 10, which is really saying something about how much I detest having to read about them. I'm still not sure if there would be anything or anyone left if one were to strip the characters of their tropes. There was no reason to care about their fate or that of the kingdom.
I had to laugh sourly when I noticed the description claiming this had " a suspenseful plot" and "adrenaline-rush action" and even "unpredictable characters". Where, I ask, was anything remotely resembling such to be found?? In conclusion, I have a short life and I do not intend to waste another minute of it on an atrocity of a novel so painful as Auralia's Colors when there are loads of excellent, outstanding books in this world....more