My rating: 3 of 5 stars
**I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review**
I feel I wasn’t given a fair chance at enjoying what otherwise may have been an entertaining read. Allow me to explain. This was an ARC read for me and with ARCs we are told to ignore errors such as grammar, punctuation, spelling, and the like. They will presumably be fixed before the final edition. That’s fine with me… usually. But my copy of this book was so riddled with errors it made reading it a difficult challenge.
The major problem was the formatting. Try reading
a book that
acts like this
on numerous occasions and
then tell me you can en-
And by the way… I’m not exaggerating here. Page after page had truncated lines, inconsistent spacing, no breaks before new chapters begin, some chapters I swear weren’t even numbered, and the final straw… going from 54% back to 47% and needing to flip back to where you actually were in the book! Just too much to overcome.
The story itself was pretty much what I expected from the genre—very thematic with lots of difficult to pronounce names and a general sense of foreboding. The characters were well drawn and the story itself interesting enough. Although I felt the ending was a little rushed. Given the page count is in the low 200s the hurried ending seemed an odd choice to me.
Overall I’d give this a 2.5 stars and round up to 3.