Friday, May 9, 2008

The Crystal Stair by Grace Chetwin

Link to synopsis: The Crystal Stair (Tales of Gom in the Legends of Ulm)

While the last book felt a little slow, this one seemed just a tad quicker paced. I wonder if this series was an early work for Chetwin, as you can see her improving from book to book.

A few critical points I picked out:
1. Everyone is either obviously good or bad. You know within the first paragraph of meeting someone what side of the line that character is on, and you can rely on the fact that there will be no changing sides. It makes the story feel a little flat.

2. The book especially has a number of scenes where you just can't believe the main character is stupid enough to do some of the things he does. It just lacks that human quality of common sense, even as rare as it is. Again, this flattens the story.

Date Completed: 5/7/08
Rating (1-5): 3.7