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I am dissapointed in thus story, it has everything that should make it work and enjoyable, yet I am not fully enjoying it. I really enjoy this authors writing and a think thus would have been an amazing story if it wasn't so... hollow? That's the word that comes to mind first. It also ends in a way where book two will need to be read and I'm not sure I will be interested.
Not so good:
1. Many arguments between the sisters the feel childish or immature. The rolls are reversed younger takes care of older but both seem too young and lacking. Also there and a lot of exclmation points, lol. I don't feel connected to any character. Also there are a few misunderstandings that felt forced to push the story.
2. Lack of anything happening. The beginning stars out great but about 20% in to the story losses me to the mundane. There are short momemts, bursts of action but there is also a lot of running away. There is nothing that makes me dig into the story or holds me attentively.
3. I have no idea as to time period, setting, or the world. It feels like a mash up and non-specific so I can't connect. Are we in the past? Future? Is this a world similar to our or a different fantasy word? What are the worlds rules? Lack of world building for a solid foundation.
Now what I like:
1. The idea of magic being embedded into objects and becoming something more. The creativeness of this story magic and the ways in which they are used is amazing and very fun to read about.
2. The anti soical/lack of social skills and other issues the main character has. She feels like a normal person in that aspect. I liked that the cgaracter wasn't as cookie cutter as usual in YA books and her uniqueness lends to some caring in me.
3. The mercenary and the scholar are both fun characters and I might say even better then the sisters. I liked their impact on the story, they are definitely needed, even if they are "typical" character forms.
Overall a good story, not one I want more of and I am a bit dissapointed but still glad to have read it.
The thing I like about Tricia Levenseller's books is the digestibility. Her stories are rarely complex or challenging. They are simple, fun, entertaining slices of fantasy that keep you engaged for a short time. It catches you, then lets you go. Blade of Secrets does exactly that. Catches your attention with a socially anxious blacksmith that has the power to imbue her weapons with a special magical ability and then lets you go after she's had a short adventure ending in a quick showdown with the main villain and a blossoming romance with the love interest.
The length of the book coincides with the rapid pace of the story and in effect, the world-building is truncated. The narrative is straight-forward and simple. Almost too simple, to be honest. Even though I liked the characters and the relationships they formed along the way, the journey is in no way nuanced or complicated. Levenseller provides the main building blocks to create some semblance of a setting and timeline, then leaves the rest up to the imagination of the reader. This book lends a good time while you read, but doesn't leave a mark afterward, unlike her other books that had just a smidge more to latch onto. I'd still happily read the second book, though, because there's always room for a Levenseller book.
The first 55% of this books is slow and boring . It gets fun and more interesting after that , though it does go back to being a little slow in some parts. The ending was good.
A part of me wishes she had made Magic handcuffs of some sort for a certain villain , or a Magic cage to lock her in. That’s probably my only complaint aside from it being slow in the first half of the book.
I look forward to book 2 ! If you liked Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young you might like this one .