I got 40% of the way in, realized that I really was not enjoying the book and decided to stop.
Part of it was the characters - after the initial two maI got 40% of the way in, realized that I really was not enjoying the book and decided to stop.
Part of it was the characters - after the initial two maybe three chapters I did not find Alexandra (call me Alex) Jennings to be as clever as she thought she was. Nor did I find Jordan charming, Bear endearing or DC offbeat cool. Aven was definitely on target for creeper though. Noni nailed that characterization.
And the world was just...it came off at times like a cleaner "Magicians" or slightly older "Harry Potter". Maybe like they had a sullen child who had characteristics of both it's parents. The number of times something fantastic occurred and was handwaved off as "Different world, different rules!" had me almost drawing up a drinking game.
Magic can and should be "felt" in a story about a world where it flourishes. It should have a direct prescence on the natural inhabitants' lives that's an after thought, much like how we don't go around marveling about how cell phones work or central air or such.
If Magic is readily available to folks, by all means have them use it for everything. Have the MC gawk at their using it to pick up a pen off the floor instead of bending over for it or have them ask how it's possible. But by the stars don't have the MC stare in disbelief every time only to be shot down every time with "it's magic!". Even if the MC is not of the science bent kind, eventually they'd get tired of the lack of answers. And to have the daughter of archeologists - who seemed interested in her parents work to some degree or other - just take that as an answer every time was annoying.
Which brings me to another point - Alex has been carted all over the globe every few months for a long time (she specifically mentions she jumps around countries a lot), for all that she doesn't feel like someone who is routinely exposed to other cultures.
Granted I'm basing this moreso on military brats I knew growing up, who's parents ricocheted from base to base domestically and abroad frequently so that could be a different experience from an archeologists' daughter's experience. However her inability to make friends, which is lamented quite a bit in the first chapter, never manifets and she doesn't act like anything but a suburban raised American teen.
It seemed a waste of a nifty background, though maybe it's better used later on in this book or the next three.
Minor nitpicks: - "enrol" "enrolment" "enroll" and "enrollment" are all used interchangeably in the first two or three chapters. Some within the same Kindle "page" - the chars, everyone but Alex, are constantly using her name or another Char's name when speaking directly at them. It threw off the natural rhythm of the conversation...more