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  • Gender fluidity in a known world

    The world and the conflict in that is too similar to other fantasy worlds to be a draw. Those with magical powers vs those without, an all powerful government protecting the old ways being challenged. The protagonist has issues that are not explained only described. This gives room for the reader to project themselves onto Akeha, but I had too little in common with him to make him interesting.

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  • Really not for me

    I nearly feel bad for giving this three stars, since it was in principal very good writing, but I honestly did not enjoy the book one little bit. A lot of good ideas and good starts, but at the end I was left with an unsatisfied "That's it?" feeling. There is definitely some nice world-building going on, but while I enjoy the absence of info dumps, I nevertheless like to figure out what is really going on. There are enough teasers that the world is different, but no real insight how it actually works. The magic system, called slack, likewise remains completely undefined. The characters are well enough described, but I could not connect to any of them, nor did I have the feeling that they developed over the book. Akeha was kind of ok, but mostly moping. Moko I found completely one-dimensional. Prophet and loved by her brother is more or less the sum of what we know of her. The plot itself was the biggest disappointment. At the end of the book, you are left asking yourself what happened or why or did anything happened at all. The fact that N.Y. throws some tragedy in at the end, which has no relation to the plot, nor advances it, nor leads to any character development, does not help. Just throwing some tragedy in does not make the characters deeper.

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  • Plot?

    Great play of gender, enjoyable for that. Not a very well thought out book? I'm not sure what the plot is/was. Lots of loose ends and it seems like it was supposed to have some emotional scenes but didn't create the depth needed

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    Loved it!!

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  • Good story disappointing denoument

    I really liked this up until the ending, which I found unsatisfying. But I'll keep reading the series to see if that changes. I found the prose excellent, the characters very likeable and the world vivid and fasciating.

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