The last two books I've read couldn't be more different, but both made me think that the execution wasn't as special as the premise. I always feel a little indifferent to these types of books, because while I could imagine different paths or elements going in a direction which would appeal more to me, the overall feel of them isn't as captivating as making me want to spend that much time thinking of them either...
Things change for her when another socially challenged worker joins the store but his work ethics are quite different. Still, Keiko sees in him someone who could help her put an end to some of the questions which keep being asked, such as when will she get a better job, when will she get married and have children, but his personality proves to be even weirder than Keiko's.
The Ill-Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton is the first book in a fantasy trilogy which has been in my radar since the early 2000s, when I attended university. Back then, after a wonderful discovery on the fiction section of my faculty's library, I started devouring many books and those I had no time to request/read, I added to my TBR, being this author one of them, especially since I didn't imagine the content of the gorgeous fantasy covers could be very academic...
I finally got to it and this fantasy novel sounds like any traditional fantasy beginning, where a young protagonist is determined to seek answers by going on a quest, replete with adventure and challenges, mostly related to how to avoid the fae/magical traps on the way. The premise isn't new but I figured the tale is always the best part anyway, so I was bent on being dazzled but quickly understood the writing style of this author is very rich and detailed, to the point where I felt it was exaggerated. I found myself bored plenty of times and slightly bothered by so much time "wasted" in unnecessary or pointless descriptions, when three or four sentences would have done the deal. It doesn't feel a good author would be left down by editing, if the work is good.
While the story develops we barely learn anything about the protagonists, the secondary characters are even less developed and when I thought the folklore and cultural elements would be a way to enrich the plot, it was the other way around, meaning nothing significant really happens, nor do we have any idea on why this quest is important or what is the point in doing it in the first place.
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