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YA Fantasy, Awkward Writing
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2019
I bought this book on a whim, hoping I found another series to occupy my time and interest. Emboldened by such great reviews, I purchased it, and I'm not entirely impressed. Keep in mind, I recently stepped out of the amazing world and skillful prose of Brian Staveley's series: Chronicles of the Unhewn. I devoured Staveley's series and hoped Wheeler's books would bring me the same kind of satisfaction.
Wheeler's Storm Glass is 100% written as a young adult fantasy book (fight me, because it is), which isn't an issue per se, but if I had known this, I would have not purchased it. The story and the concept of the mysteries were interesting, but the dialogue felt awkward more times than I was comfortable with, and I felt the writing lacked fluidity much of the time. I will not be buying the second book.
I don't want to seem like I'm wholeheartedly bashing his work, many people enjoyed it. As a point of context, which I hope will prove helpful for those who have surveyed their work as well, I'm a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, and Patrick Rothfuss (now Staveley, as well). Their works were paramount in my developing love and interest in fantasy (high and epic). I have also enjoyed Michael J. Sullivan and Douglis Hulick, though they too, had some awkward moments in their writing, but they didn't have that young adult fantasy diction and rudimentary environmental description that I found to dislike in Wheeler's book. I hope my mentioning some of my favorite authors gives you some illumination when you consider buying. I prefer their more developed and sophisticated writing style, as well as, their more complex plots to Wheeler's style, and I sincerely wish I would have read a review that mentioned these authors. It would have helped me in my decision making.