Top critical review
Enjoyable Short books. However cliche and priced far higher than is reasonable.
Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2015
The first 6 books of the series including this one are fun reads. They are perfectly good fantasy for a variety of readers. However they are written with younger readers age 10-17 in mind. That is the target audience. As such they are perfect books for the target audience 5 stars, but for older more experienced readers of fantasy the story will be extremely predictable, for this reason I took off 1 star. Which would means I liked it, but knowing what was going to happen and predicting every single attempt at plot twist made it a bit mundane.
Now while I personally would give this book 4 stars as an experienced reader, who reads 100+ books a year every year for the past 20 years, I had to take off 1 star for price. Some might think that is silly, but for those of us who buy a lot of books and read a lot of books price starts to factor in. Reading is far more expensive than cable, netflix, amazon prime, ext. When a series of 12+ books cost 8-12 dollars per book, and each book is short enough to finish in a single day, the price adds up really fast.
I have spent $58 on this series so far. Having read the first 6 books, and one prequel book. I read them in 7 days. If I always paid this much for books I couldn't afford to keep reading. Part of the problem is the Dollar value per word just isn't there. These like I said before are written for younger readers, and they are about a 1/2 shorter than 17+ oriented books. Even by book store prices, for physical additions these prices are high, let alone for digital versions with no real overhead.
1 star off for being extremely predictable. That takes into account that it is for young readers, if it was meant for older readers I would have taken off 2 stars. Unless this is a beginning foray into the fantasy realm, even most younger readers will predict what will happen, as even the "plot twists" are really nothing more than is expected.
1 star off for price. Really these books are very short and there is no real discount for buying as a set. If you are like me and buy hundreds of books you know price has to matter, reading for fast and avid readers becomes a very expensive form of entertainment quickly if you over pay too often.