Have you ever watched a child silently play with toy soldiers and horses — trotting them along his imaginary map, all of the action and dialogue occurring in his head — so you’re left just watching these various characters meander around? That’s what reading this is like.
There is a ton of explanation as if I were reading an historical text rather than a novel. Now, I know the genre allows for a fair bit of setting-up-the-world, but my gods, that’s almost all this book was. There was a teensy bit of action and a teensy bit of dialogue, but I’m left at the end still not knowing any of the characters and still not caring about what happens to any of them.
Perhaps I’ve just been reading too much epic fantasy of late, but this did nothing for me. It was supposed to be Wild West meets Medieval fantasy, or so I had been led to believe. I didn’t get that — at all.
The writing was fair but overly wordy and convoluted in many areas. It took me forever to slog through. Read at your own peril. You may love it. Certainly some other reviewers have. Or, you may be bored out of your skull, like I was.
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.