Aug 15, 2008: When I review, I don’t like to critique the work while I’m at it. So, I’m just going to say this:
Against the Current does not allow me to suspend my disbelief.
I am faced with incredible circumstances, with deus ex machina resolutions.
The plot is illogical. The motives of the protagonist are unknown and I am left wondering why she went on this fool journey, why she doesn’t want to be laughed at for being scared of a forest which is, beyond shadow of a doubt, dangerous, and, most importantly, why I should care about her.
The crafting of the world is sketchy at best. Why does an innkeeper’s daughter have the ability to fight off a pack of werewolves? How does magic work?
Ultimately, the only thing I found in this story were plot devices.
The writing itself could use work, though it’s not completely unreadable. There are several grammar issues, misspelled words, and things of that nature.
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