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I was really taken with this from the start. Huge promise, lots of untold secrets you knew would be drip fed as the story developed. For me though, as the story and characters developed, it felt as though all those reveals were just dropped in; reasonably consistent as the development of a new world goes but not entirely convincing. Maybe the books further on in the series will be more to my liking but I won't be rushing to pick them up quite yet.
A bit cliche. Plain looking girl with extraordinary powers. And I normally quite like a bit of romance in my fantasy genre, but this is more like romance novel with fantasy element. I did finish the book hence the 3 star but won't be buying next one in the series.
Quite original really and had good pace. It was unfortunately marred by the American grammar and idiom usage and spelling which we have to get used to these days. Sorry but will not be reading more in the series as it is too much of a teenage girl's book.
The first person view provides a limited view on the world and, while have seen it work in other works, it doesn't do it for me here. Story seems rushed and lacks strong characters I should care about. Many of the peril situations made me query how on earth is someone that stupid and it just seemed forced as if the author didn't know of a reasonable way for a particular situation to arise.
A good story teller. However the plot was full of holes and occasionally cringe making. For example 99 wives and many courtesans, strictly confined, bored, unhappy women - how on earth would the main characters behavior be overlooked even for a moment.
Quite a readable book if you ignore a few editorial errors and a lot of plot holes. The female characters seem to be able to alternate from 'weak and feeble' little women to ninja warriors, which are they?