Gubar There were many elements in this story that were left wanting. Why would someone choose that as a title without consideration of the meaning and origin of the phrase? In my mind, she should have admitted defeat, gone back to her father, and lived to fight again another day. There passio no long explanation of things or backgrounds because the way the author passsion there is simply no need. And after this somewhat disjointed transition the second half of the story takes over; one of intrigue and the aforementioned power struggle of a kingdom.
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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a First Reads review. The most important thing about telling a lie is to make certain its every detail is believable.
If, under scrutiny, even a fragment of it breaks down, then the entire lie is exposed. Not only have the characters never existed, but their world does not, and has never, existed. Passion Play is two stories in one: the first is very good, the second is average. Story number one features a swiftly moving, well-written, enthralling plot, with a 15 year old girl as the winning protagonist for whom we root and with whom we suffer. So good were these first pages that I had to force myself to put the book down.
Unfortunately, after story number two began, I had to force myself to pick the book up. When we first meet him, he is described as having a very high, feminine voice.
As an adult. Five minutes of research would have informed the author that castration after puberty does not change the male voice. And since his condition, this error, is brought to the attention of the reader every chapter or two, there is no way to forget that what we are reading is not real.
Return it, and nothing is gained. But perhaps those other characters may be forgiven because, once out of the kitchen, Ilse thinks and behaves like a 25 or 30 year old woman. Since the author seldom mentions her age, the reader must constantly remind herself that Ilse is still a teenager. After the excitement of the early chapters, the plot in the latter chapters drags to a halt.
The most exciting thing that happens is opening the mail and attending the staff meeting afterward. And daily. Then she and Raul, and whoever else may be in-house that day, sit around and discuss the content of the letters.
Except for one, hard-to-believe battle Ilse, barely trained in self-defense, defeats two well-armed professional soldiers , the bulk of the action -- battles, murders, the machinations of Khandarr, the evil magician -- takes place off-stage, the reader learning about these things through letters. Khandarr appears once, briefly and ineffectually, when he magically crashes a meeting, looks around ominously — in actuality, checking attendance — and then is shooed away. These are common mistakes of a first-time novelist, and too often, sins of the genre, but the editors should not have allowed them to reach press.
If the sequel concerned only her, I would read it, although given that she and Raul will be miles apart, I fear the plot will once more involve opening endless amounts of mail.
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