I’m trying as hard as possible not to turn this into a free-for-all piñata bashing of this book, but I’m having serious trouble.
The reason being, I did not enjoy this book, and it would be wrong of me not to mention several glaring flaws I found in this book. So here we go.
Okay. I’m really, really sorry because I don’t want to do this, but this book is probably the most generic thing I’ve ever come across in a few odd years (even more generic then that whopper of a movie, The 5th Wave). The general plot graph of “werewolves” – whoops, sorry, waer wolves – and “pure blood” and “humans turned waer” and “evil leader who wants to purge the world” was just so incredibly been-there-done-that. Every time I saw the word “waer”, I died a little inside. Using a different, phonetic spelling doesn’t make you one of the kool kids with a k. It looks weird and very awkward. Soe yeh. Nou ontu da nekst poynt.
-Too much telling, not enough showing. Too much description of emotions, rather than showing the emotion itself.
– All the sentences. Are like this. Where they are mostly. Under ten words. And it gets very annoying. To say the least. I get all the “varying sentence lengths”, etc, writing techniques, but writing in a short and clipped manner gives all short and no vary.
– It’s slightly pretentious. Not enough to make me look up words in the dictionary – I can get the general gist of what the words mean from context – but enough to make the book stuffy and annoying. Words like: “vitriolic”, “jurisdiction”, “assuaged” and “capricious” are fairly unnecessary. A great author whose name has just slipped my mind but I’m fairly sure it was George Orwell – once said to never use a long word where a short one will do. And also, what kind of person talks with this kind of articulation. A scholar? Yes. A werewolf farmer? No.
Eg: completely italicised chapters. Jerky jumps back and forth from different points of views. Awkwardly written scenes. Small things that all add up to make reading this book just that little bit less enjoyable.
So overall, I didn’t enjoy this book at all for the various reasons mentioned above. It might just me a “me” thing and you might really like it, so I urge you to try a preview before you leave. Happy reading!
As night fell, something stirred the darkness. Birds shrieked, rising into the air as the peace cracked and fell apart. Flashes of crimson uniform cut the smothering black of the woods. The smell of smoke lifted through the boughs and choked the leaves. A drum beat out a steady pulse as soldiers tore over the dead leaf matter, hacking their way through the web of forest.
The prisoner ran.
When Lowell Sencha finds the strange girl lying as if dead on the riverbank, he is startled to find that she is like them: waer. Human, but able to assume the form of a wolf. The Sencha family’s small community has kept itself sequestered and unnoticed, free from persecution. The arrival of a fellow traveller, and a hunted one at that, threatens their very survival.
Sure enough, the soldiers of the blood-purist Daeman Leldh soon descend on the village searching for her, burning and slaughtering. Lowell and the mysterious stranger are among the few to escape. And now they must find their way to the city of Luthan where, she says, they will find people to help them bring down Daeman Leldh.
If she can persuade them not to kill her.