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The Wretched of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler
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Jul 02, 2011

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This will be the review for all three books:

I read this on a law school friend's recommendation. It was definitely worth the read, and it was a bit different from other fantasy I've read. Part of that was the interesting theological bent to the magic in the story (familiar theology, although I didn't know that starting out). The story was unique, which is really hard to do in fantasy, yet it was familiar as well. Also exciting enough that I sped through the series pretty quickly. I liked the characters, especially Lia. Sometimes I didn't understand why Colvin was angry so much, but I still liked him. I thought the writing was quite good, but it did need some editing. Some of it may have been the Kindle version, but some was definitely not. (Pet peeve: the phrase is "couldn't care less," not "could." If you can care less, that means you care. Also, betrayal only has one "e." Stuff like that.) I also felt like there was a lot of telling rather than showing. I know that's a hard balance to strike (I thought the last two Harry Potter movies had too much showing and not enough telling). It certainly wasn't a fatal flaw in the books. I didn't always understand the political aspects of the story, but maybe I just wasn't paying attention when it was first explained. The first book was a lot of background buildup, I thought, but the second and third books made up for that. Nice that I could get them all at once so I didn't have to wait for the good stuff!
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Jeff Wheeler Thanks for reading the entire trilogy and for your comments. I appreciate them.

Andrea Thanks for writing! Give me more, and I'll read it.

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