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July 2nd, 2013

Review of Returner's Wealth

I received an e-copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for this review. No money changed hands.

Wyrmeweald sucked me in immediately. Within the first paragraph, I knew I was going to like this book and I was right. This wasn’t a complete love fest though – there were several things about the book that I found mildly annoying.

Be advised – some spoilers ahead.

First, EVERY animal seemed to have some variation of wyrm in its name. I kept thinking, argh! If this was a snake, it would be called an adder, or water moccasin … we don’t append the word snake to every variation of a snake in our world and it seemed odd that such would be the case in any other world. To be fair, we do use the names black snake and a rattle snake but you know what I mean. I just got the feeling that the authors were trying to remind me that – hey, you aren’t in Kansas anymore but I didn’t need that prodding reminder. I got it.

A few of the characters were cliché and one dimensional – they seemed to be either a “good guy” or a “bad guy” with no subtle shadings as there are in real life.

The main character, Micah, was sympathetic. I wanted him to be successful and felt for him through his struggles. Thrace didn’t have enough development, I thought, though. I wanted to understand more behind the relationship she had with her whitewyrm. I *really* didn’t feel there was enough of an explanation behind why her wyrm left her behind. I mean, yeah, on the surface, the wyrm mated, then she did, so I got that (obviously) but then the wyrm just left her behind. I actually looked up from my book and frowned. What? You have this extraordinary bond and you up and leave? At first I thought the separation was temporary but by the book’s end, it didn’t feel like that.

Despite the bumps the book had for me, I really, really enjoyed the writing style. It drew me in and I got lost, for the most part. I look forward to book 2 in this series.



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