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feel a little disloyal for not absolutely loving something by Shannon
Hale, but the truth is I was disappointed with this book...not
disappointed like I-wish-I-hadn't-read-it, more just disappointed with
the overall pace and writing.
I wasn't very impressed with her
descriptions; she reused the same ones over and over again, which is so
unusual for Shannon Hale. Plus, the middle of the book was so slow. Rin
had the same thoughts, the same emotions so many times. Was it really
necessary for the development of Rin's character? Maybe.
with all my complaining about lack of pace, I really felt that Rin's
discovery of her ability to people-speak was set up beautifully. For the
first half of the book, I thought all she had was tree-speaking, and
then all of a sudden things started to click and fall into place. Could
the discovery of this gift have been so believable if the pace had been
faster? I don't know. It's a paradox.
Also, I liked the ending,
as everything wrapped up quite satisfactorily, but again, it just seemed
rather slow and drawn out...a few too many "Aren't we amazing?"
conversations between the fire sisters. However, it really was a better
ending to the series than River Secrets would have been.
still love the characters. In fact, I think Rin might be my favorite out
of all Shannon Hale's heroines (though Dashti would still be a very
close second). She was so honest and had such a real problem...fighting
her own natural desires/wants/passions with the type of person she
wanted to become (kind/selfless/helpful/good).
Oh, and I just
have to say that I think Selia is truly a despicable villainess. Don't
you just loathe her? But then to realize that she was the villain in not
only Goose Girl and Forest Born, but the sub-villain in Enna Burning
and River Secrets...GENIUS! And it really helped tie all the books
So, yes, I was disappointed, but you can tell I still
enjoyed it, and you definitely don't want to skip this book if you've
read the other three.
This review was written before the birth of this blog.