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The further I got into this book, the more my engagement with it diminished. It's got some of the right ingredients: the setting is well conceived and the magical objects are pretty cool, I do concede. But for me, that adventure was not what it ought to be. It all happens thanks to a villain who isn't anything to do with the wider plot, and whose involvement (and in fact his disappearance from the story at the convenient time) is contrived at every stage. The magic is also manipulated for storytelling convenience; the rules of this fantasy world are not clear, and there are too many inconsistencies. Call me pedantic, but there were quite a few stages where I thought something didn't make sense, resigned myself to it, and then straight off the back of it came something else that made no sense whatsoever. This book isn't for me.