Saturday, 30 May 2015

FANTASY REVIEW: Starborn - Lucy Hounsom

Release Date: 23/04/15
Publisher:  Tor/Pan Macmillan


Death and destruction will bar her way...Kyndra's fate holds betrayal and salvation, but the journey starts in her small village. On the day she comes of age, she accidentally disrupts an ancient ceremony, ending centuries of tradition. So when an unnatural storm targets her superstitious community, Kyndra is blamed. She fears for her life until two strangers save her, by wielding powers not seen for an age - powers fuelled by the sun and the moon.Together, they flee to the hidden citadel of Naris. And here, Kyndra experiences disturbing visions of the past, showing war and one man's terrifying response. She'll learn more in the city's subterranean chambers, amongst fanatics and rebels. But first Kyndra will be brutally tested in a bid to unlock her own magic.If she survives the ordeal, she'll discover a force greater than she could ever have imagined. But could it create as well as destroy? And can she control it, to right an ancient wrong? With George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones now a huge TV success, fantasy fiction has never been more popular. And these books are traditional fantasy at its very best.


To be honest this really wan’t a book that I enjoyed and the main reason for that was that I really didn’t gel with the principle character, they felt flat, almost as if they were 2d and without being able to get a firm grip or even a literary friendship with the character really leaves you on the out from the start. As such you don’t care about the events that unfurl, you don’t worry about the dangers that the characters are in and above all else it really makes the book a struggle to read.

Add to this a lack, in my opinion of not only pace but solid prose and all round it’s a series I won’t be returning to any time soon if ever.

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