Thursday, 20 February 2014

River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

Late autumn, early morning.

Yawn. Nothing to see here. Move along to the next sentence, maybe it will be actually meaningful and not a sputter of useless words.

It is cold, mist rising from the forest floor, sheathing the green bamboo trees in the grove, muffling sounds, hiding the Twelve Peaks to the east.

A weather report conducted by a tourist guide. The first paragraph continues describing nature before introducing a boy who is angry at the end of page 1. And so by page 2 the story begins, which is what hooks. I'd say just rip out the first page but as page 2 is on the other side, better not.

The book progresses with lots of telling and reads like a nonfiction book.

The first thing said (several pages in):

"How many bowmen are still here?"

Verdict: Fail

Theodore Moracht

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