While the prose in this book was undeniably beautiful, at times I found myself overwhelmed with descriptions of magic that made no sense. I couldn’t even understand what this magic was meant to do. There are too many descriptions of smells of various plants, herbs and spices. I read repeatedly about runes of dead leaves and soot and the melting of precious metals until I was either bored or exasperated.
It was all very prettily written, but I couldn’t grasp the end purpose of it all. There was evil but its purpose was too nebulous for me to grasp. I got the impression that a great power was supposed to be awakened but since the only thing to appear was someone’s dead parent, that seemed a waste of effort as well. It would have been better if the author had spent more time on character and story development instead of wild descriptions of sorcery and enchantment.
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