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How hard can it be to tell a good story when you are using as your plot, one of the most famous fairy tales of the West? But Maguire does a shoddy job. None of the characters emerge out of their one-dimensionality, dialogue is stilted, all the actions seem contrived and even the places where the author tries to use some of his own inventions (dwarves made of stone coming to life), it falls utterly flat. Maguire knows how to use big words and he's read a couple of biographies about the Borgias. But he commits basic errors of including things that weren't to happen for a few decades (consumption of potatoes in the European world, the use of soap by Europeans on a daily basis are minor examples). And where the story might have been improved by adding a modern perspective (Lucrezia Borgia's lust for power seen as a byproduct of the lack of opportunities for females to lead in their own name), Maguire displays a dull capacity for regurgitating tired stereotypes. What a waste of a good story.
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