A Great Plot with a Shabby Heroine

Some construction works are being carried out several blocks over and oh my lord, the sound it generates! I woke up grumbling, so not the way I wanted to start my day.

Anyway . . .

Have you ever stopped a series because it was unavailable for whatever reason and then when you picked it again, wonder whatever made you stick to the series in the first place? No? Seriously?

A while back, I had picked up Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra series. I had gone no further than book six, I don’t remember why I had stopped. What I do remember is that I liked the series very much. I couldn’t remember why the moment I started reading book seven, Cast in Ruin (I’ll insert the Goodreads summary below for this book).

To say I was frustrated for the entire 457 pages would be an understatement. There were several distinct grammar mistakes I could spot and I’m not even that big on grammar. For the benefit of doubt, some of it could have been a publishing mistakes.

The words were strung up into sentences like beads, so long, they could have been a paragraph unto themselves. This combined with the way the sentences were worded, made it hard to understand certain instances in the plot. I found it hard also because I couldn’t see the thought process behind the explanations given and conclusions drawn.

What was more frustrating than the writing style was communication between characters. Its seven books in and yet Kaylin Neya, the protagonist of this story, is treated like some sort of incapable moron. Her partner, Severn Handred, seemed to be more highly valued than her. I think I lost my mind at this point. I agree Severn is very capable, however, without Kaylin, everyone would be long dead. I believe at least some credit is due. I found the way they treated Kaylin in this book deplorable. It got on my nerves so much, I wished I could have been in the story to break some noses.

On the other hand, Kaylin’s character was not portrayed as strongly as it had in the previous stories. So much emphasis was on her lack of etiquette and the dragons’ displeasure. It completely undermined the main plot.

I am not happy with this book.

 

Goodreads Insert:
Seven corpses are discovered in the streets of a Dragon’s fief. All identical, down to their clothing. 

Kaylin Neya is assigned to discover who they were, who killed them and why. Is the evil lurking at the borders of Elantra preparing to cross over?

At least the investigation delays her meeting with the Dragon Emperor. And as the shadows grow longer over the fiefs, Kaylin must use every skill she’s ever learned to save the people she’s sworn to protect. Sword in hand, dragons in the sky, this time there’s no retreat and no surrender…

Cast in Ruin
Michelle Sagara
Published 20th September 2011

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