Time for another book review, and this will be our last for a while, because NaNoWriMo is on the horizon and I won't have as much time for blogging or for reading new books while I'm trying desperately to hammer out my own.
So as a sort of impromptu announcement, take note my lovely Inklings that for the months of November and December, we will be only posting on Monday and Friday, and reviews will probably be very thin on the ground. Don't worry, though, I'll make it up to you come January with the riches unearthed during the Christmas season!
Now, how about today's book, eh?
This book came up as a "suggested read" through my Audible account, and either because I'm lazy or because I trust Audible to know my taste by now, I went ahead and got it.
To be perfectly honest, I wasn't expecting much from the book. I anticipated something trite and silly about a girl with an unusual relationship with celestial bodies, but nothing really more engaging than that. Maybe some poetic lines about the moon waxing gibbous in a velvet sky or something like that.
I was pleasantly surprised to be proved wrong.
The characters in this book all had their own voices, which was pretty awesome. My high school English teacher used to use Shakespeare as an example and say that a character whose voice was "fully developed" was marked by the reader's ability to identify him simply by his dialogue. So if we took all the lines from Act I, Scene II of Romeo and Juliet, and cut out all the names, we would still be able to identify each speaker simply by the subject, tone, and word choice in his dialogue. I didn't really understand that then. I do now.
Each of the main characters in this book and several of the secondary characters as well had what she might have called a "fully-developed voice."
In addition, the worldbuilding for this book's setting was really engaging. Something I've noticed in other fantasy works is a heavy reliance on flashbacks to impart worldbuilding to the reader, but in this book that wasn't the technique the author chose to use. Instead, she started at the beginning of the story and moved forward, only occasionally referring to those earlier scenes to give them a different meaning in light of new information, which was fantastically done.
Definitely five out of five for this book. I will absolutely return to it and read it again next year.
If you like the character development of Eragon by Christopher Paolini or the slow development of the magic system in The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury, then I think you would like this book.