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Normally I LOATHE First Person...
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2021
However, as I've read everything I can get my hands on by Rowe, that means he's one of those rare exceptions for me - FPoV that I can live with. Now, why can I live with it, when normally that's an automatic kiss of death for me? Because the character is relaying the story, and it doesn't feel forced. See, the stories, the ideas, etc, make every page worthwhile for me. Would I love these books even more if they were (at least mostly - FPoV is great for interludes generally speaking) in third? Definitely. There are aspects to these books that would be clunky if done entirely that way, though.
There's JRPG elements, but fun magic systems, poking fun of tropes, etc...but for additional oomph, there's a lot of very sensible, accepting, and quite frankly wise character interactions that are absent from so many books... and most importantly, I can't stress this enough - none of it feels even slightly forced, nor intrusive.