Aug 20, 2008: I started reading this book with not many expectations. College/school stories seem to be in bountiful supply, and this one, unfortunately, didn’t break the norm.
Even so, it wasn’t the mediocre world that buggered me the most—it was the characters. They seemed rather two dimensional to me, instead of real people. This cardboard aspect particularly affected the secondary characters who were either bullies or shallow, petty nobility.
I’m glad I read on, however, as the last three chapters were good, with a nice little plot twist and a glimpse at some of the more cardboard characters that ended far too soon. I would have liked to see more of Rakam and what, exactly, made him tick as he had a pivotal role at the end.
The writing is ok. The entire narrative could be tightened.
The site design was unique. It reads like a real book and you just click the pages to turn them. There are also illustrations and that was nice to see the characters in the flesh.
All in all, this was modern fantasy fare, but an enjoyable way to pass the time.
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