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The Emissary (2014)

by Kristal Shaff(Favorite Author)
4.41 of 5 Votes: 1
review 1: This is a very well written fantasy book I wish I could get for our library. The writing and editing are very good making this easy to immerse yourself in. The characters feel well fleshed out with accurate responses to their personalities and with good development as the story continues through the book. I like the plot as it feels original and well thought out with no glaring plot holes. This is a real page-turner well worth the read. I received an evaluation copy through Month9Books in exchange for my honest opinion.
review 2: This fantasy novel gets 4.4 stars from me. Even though there came a point when I didn't want to put it down, it started out slowly and included some point of view shifts that pushed me back into my own reality.I love the medieval setti
... moreng and the clear light versus darkness motif. One of my favorite things about this novel was the "magic" system - if you can call it that. It was unique; the Shays were well-considered and well-rendered, and I completely believed in them. Shaff did an excellent job building a world that resounded with me.Several scenes early in the story were told from the perspective of Alec, a blacksmith's son. This kid annoyed me and when we spent a few chapters with him, I almost stopped reading the book. I wanted to get back with Nolan, the hero. It felt like his story was interrupted by viewing the testing from Alec's point of view. I felt most of that lengthy section was unnecessary to the plot or the overall would-building. Alec could never got hold of his anger and hatred, and his actions at the end seemed out of character.Overall, the end fell flat for me. The battle with Alcandor felt anti-climactic and too easily resolved after such an incredible build-up. The story fell short because rather than having a single clear problem, this story kept adding new ones. Most of the time, it felt like an natural progression, but Nolan's assignment at the end seemed to come out of nowhere. The title makes no sense until the resolution scene at the end.I recommend it for people who love mysticism. That angle of the book is excellently done. I enjoyed the story, but it just has a few too many problems to earn five stars from me. less
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