My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It took me a while to bring my thoughts forward and write this review.
I originally purchased this book due to being a huge fan of Charlie Bowater (the book’s cover artist) and thought the premise sounded right up my alley.
Visually, some of the descriptors in this piece were truly visceral. Namely, the banquet scene. There is a description of rotten food (I will leave out details) that literally made me nauseated and the visual would pop up in my mind every time I ate for the next two or three days. Nausea aside, I realized this perception was actually fantastic. How incredible is it that one can bring out physical reactions from mere words? Is that not the whole point?
This is the tough part for me. I wanted so badly to immerse myself ‘visually’ in this piece, however, I found I was distracted by the exceeding number of adverbs. There are so many that, at times, I had to put the book down and re-visit it at another time. In my head, my inner editor would “re-write” a phrase that contained an adverb so I could move on and enjoy the scene. It’s like a film where you catch continuity errors and it rips you away from the story…where you suddenly realize you are no longer fully immersed in a story anymore but are just “watching a movie”.
Overall, I found this story to be emotionally captivating, visual, and a fun ride for those who are fans of fae stories.