Book was bloody excellent but ain't no masterpiece
3 August 17, 2018
Managed to read it in some 3 days, and yes, it was excellent in every way, but I hate it when some friend of mine overrates this as some kind of "masterpiece". Alright, so it is a book for smart people, being a philosophical fantasy and all. The political commentary and the world development were excellently delivered, but it's not "masterpiece-level" crazy associated with, say George Orwell or Lewis Carol.
Don't get me wrong, I liked many aspects of Blackwick's work, but it's still the 1st novel ever in the series and there's plenty of room for improvement. I have to admit her work has that "instant classic" vibe, so if you're looking for that Harry Potter-like nostalgia in characterization, worlds created and plot-building, then this is probably for you.
But IMHO it ain't no masterpiece and I'm not ready to grand it that label. It's bloody excellent and entertaining, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.
I still recommend this to anyone who loves a well-written fantasy story with plenty of meat and philosophical substance. Heck, I'll probably buy the rest of the Vivian Amberville novels just to see if the author can surprise me.