Top critical review
Excellent character development.
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2018
Wonderful characters. Easy to invest in them. Loss of the dragon seemed pointless. It was one of the better characters, and deserved more depth. Plot was good, but interrupted too much with filler in the form of many pages of blow by blow, violent battle descriptions that didn’t enhance the plot development. Ultimately the main heroes and villains took on god-like powers that are associated with Marvel and DC Comic stories, and the main story faded. The super powered protagonists became less interesting and more difficult to believe in. Gifted writers like Lallo, including Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor have fallen victim to this same format. I wonder if this is something the publisher requires. When characters become become super powered gods, that’s the end of credibility. Fantasy requires a thread of credibility from beginning to end. I suppose the excess of violence in all of these authors is an appeal to the young male demographic. And when the filler is romantic obsessions it’s for the young female demographic. I’m seventy now, and have read fantasy for fifty years, and love it. I’m excited when I read such promising authors like those above who get so many parts of their stories spot on. A good fantasy appeals to all ages and should not be formatted. That thread of credibility gives the reader the ability to envision themselves as a bystander in the story.