|Submitted by Zubi |
(Feb 11, 2008)
I see that I am not the only one who was massively let down by the quality of Sword From Red Ice (SFRI).
I'd waited in feverish anticipation for 3 years for SFRI to come out. When it did I read through it in 24hrs! My initial reaction while I was reading was one of immense disappointment. At the end of the book I still hadn't changed my mind. Having gone over it in bits since then, I still see no reason to change my mind. And the reason for that is that I found the plot to thin, characters underdeveloped and explanation of detail very tedious, over the top and in some cases totally irrelevant - irrelevant because the sequence of events that were supposed to act as a follow through to the details themselves were sparse and patchy.
The previous books in the series were a beauty - gripping, real, gritty and imaginative. In contrast, SFRI was a boring read. I had the strong impression that the original intention had been to make a Sword of Shadows trilogy, but that JV Jones must have somehow allowed herself to be browbeaten by the publishers into agreeing to milk the fans for what it was worth by making a longer series. If true, then bad idea.
With regard to the remainder of the series, my advice to JV Jones would be to offset the copious amounts of detail with relevant sequence of events that throw more light on the initial explanations as well as allow for continuity(she did this especially brilliantly in the first book of the series). Also, she would do well to bring the main characters into play by giving them active roles - Raif, Effie, Drey, Angus Lok, Vaylo, Marafice, Raina and Ash. Less explanations - we already know their history, more action and more story-telling. Even if it ends up be a 1000 pages long.
Then we would have a book worth reading!