There is a lot to like about this book. I will definitely be continuing with this series. There are also a few issues I have with it though and I'm hoping as the writer goes, he'll resolve them somewhat.
The biggest annoyance I have with it is all the poses. The characters "take a pose" about 4 times per page the whole entire book and it's pretty obnoxious. The poses are never described though so it's really up to the reader what the heck the character is actually doing in the pose. By the end of the book, I was imagining the pose of query resembled doing the chicken dance and a pose of apology included sticking several fingers in the ears and nose at the same time. The pose thing is lame and I hope the writer drops it, but I doubt it will happen because then he'd actually have to describe something happening and I'm not sure he could do that.
That leads into my second problem, the descriptions. Some how this book never came alive for me. I was never able to really picture any of it happening. It was just words on a page and I never got a picture in my head of how the characters or the land looked.
My 3rd issue goes along with the pose problem in a way. I just think the author is trying overly hard to be "original" by making stupid things up, like the poses, and also the character names. I hate it when an author seems to think his story is more unique because none of his characters are names you have ever seen before. It's lame. Your story is the same regardless if you called all the characters John and Betty or Xou'2zep. It doesn't matter and it's lame to go out of your way to give them stupid names.
This may seem like a lot of complaints for a 3 star book but despite these issues, I actually really did enjoy it and I have a feeling like the characters are going somewhere and I'm excited to see where that somewhere will be....Continua