Sadly, my grand plans for reading a bunch during the long weekend did not come to fruition. We took the train to Ottawa and I discovered (much to my dismay) that train travel = motion sickness. I spent most of the ride there in a (very unattractive) gravol-induced slumber. I kept waking periodically to find myself in the most uncomfortable, mouth-open positions. On the way back I managed to stay awake long enough to read the Seven Towers, the only book I’d managed to download on my Kobo in my rush to get out of the house (clearly technology and me don’t mix because I had gotten a bunch from the library I just didn’t transfer properly). It was sort of disappointing though, since I realized soon after I started that I’ve already read the Seven Towers and wasn’t too enchanted with it. (Although it DID manage to push back my gravol-induced slumber so that I only slept half of the trip, so maybe it’s better than I give credit for).
Anyway, The Seven Towers by Patricia C. Wrede:
Okay, so I’ve already given it way, but I wasn’t too thrilled with this book. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t very captivating. I felt like it jumped around too much that I never really got to know any of the particular characters well enough that I liked or sympathized with them. I also felt like there was a lot of build up to a climax that deflated like a sad, spent balloon rather than bursting into glory with a bang.
The gist I will quote from Goodreads:
“They are seven players in a game of deadly magic— Eltiron, Prince of Sevarin; Crystalorn, Princess of Barinash; Ranlyn, the desert rider; Jermain, the outlaw; Vandaris, the soldier; Carachel, the Wizard-King; and Amberglas, the sorceress. Each of them has a secret, and each fights his or her part in the thrilling battle that has put seven kingdoms on the very edge of destruction.”
Eltiron I found tiring. Crystalorn I liked, but saw too little of. Ranlyn was too much of a stereotyped character for me. Jermain was interesting but I felt like his character should have been developed more. Vandaris seemed similarly “flat”. Carachel was too cryptic and I still really didn’t understand his motivations. Amberglas I found annoying. It was like I ought to find her endearing but her tendency to ramble and neglect to finish her thoughts was irritating instead. So, I didn’t really like any of the main characters which was a let down.
I’m making it out to seem really bad – and it wasn’t. It was a pleasant read, just not a great one.
Overall, I would say 2.5 / 5. Average.