Saint Death’s Daughter (1) (Saint Death Series)
Coming of age stories are a trope that has been around for a long time in fantasy fiction, especially young adult fantasy fiction. It feels as if what the genre and age group is all about is trying to find oneself and especially if there is danger involved. The problem is that there are a number of books that follow this idea and they are average and way too long. That is what this book is in spades. The idea itself sounded interesting especially from an author who has won an award for fantasy writing. Instead, most of the characters are unlikeable and if the main character we are supposed to root for is also unlikeable, then it can make a slog of a read. Maybe if this book was tighter and the action moved quicker then it might have worked better. It is just that one kind of gets bored with all the negotiating toward adulthood and the adult things she must face such as crushes, assassinations, and more. While the chapters are short, the book could have been shorter overall.
|C. S. E. Cooney
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