REVIEW : I’m giving this three stars because…..I can’t bring myself to give is less. It’s is not an original work at all. Imagine taking one element from each fantasy dystopian or anything else similar book and writing one with a heroine. That’s what Tearling is.
Mace-the guy who rides around with Aria stark/the guy in Snow White and the huntsman. A magical piece of jewellery….wonder where that idea came from. A princess who’s upset that she isn’t pretty and is attracted to a criminal because he’s attractive. Daddy issues anyone? And yet, despite all this we are to believe that she is special. Amazing. The true queen! I’m sorry but I find myself unable to root for her. I’m rooting instead for her chamber lady.
Yes, she does a lot of things right (by she I mean the author) and I accept that inspiration can be taken from anywhere. But should the inspiration be so obvious?
This isn’t anything special. World building is lacking a lot of….world. The characters are lacking a lot of character and the room to root for characters is lacking room. It’s just hard to think this is anything special. I will still read the next in the series because while I didn’t like it I didn’t hate it either. I kept wanting to come back to see what happens next. But I just thought that it sounded like the author had taken a lot of “inspiration” from more popular books and cobbled this together. It’s not bad. It’s not good.
Maybe I disliked it because of the audiobook narrator. She wasn’t very great, rising to high pitches at random times and acting the book out. I would prefer to be read the book. I don’t want the audiobook narrator to scream when the character screams, especially when I’d got my headphone on at a decent volume.
If you absolutely LOVE fantasy and can’t get enough go for this. If not skip it. (I read it because I absolutely love Emma Watson and can’t not read the book because I know I’ll watch the movie)