Jan. 15th, 2011

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I'd sworn off the Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon series after Darkling, not because I didn't enjoy it, but because I couldn't face the thought of another book narrated by Camille. She's a pretty obvious Mary Sue, and I didn't think I could deal with yet another book where all the men drool over her boobs and she waxes lyrical about her wardrobe and how sexy she is. If the series only focused on Menolly and Delilah, I'd be sold on it, but Camille is the fly in the ointment. And then I read Night Myst, and although I think it suffers from a lot of the same issues as the Otherworld books, it was a fun read. So I decided to take a chance on Dragon Wytch.

It's been a good year or so since I read Darkling, so I'd forgotten a lot of the political back-and-forths going on in the novel. The brewing demon threat, the war in Otherworld, the problem facing the sisters on Earth... It was all a bit of a mess to me. That's not a critique of the writing but my admission that I probably missed a lot of things because of the gap between books. A lot of the names confused me as well; I was nearly done with the book before I'd straightened out all the elfin queens from the places they lived. And then it turned out there was a glossary at the back of the book, so I could have just read that and been fine.

Anyway. Camille's Mary Sueness is actually toned down in this book as the stakes go up. The sisters are struggling to fight off threats on every side, and they doubt their abilities to fight alone. Luckily their list of allies grows in this book - unicorns, pixies, fae queens... they're all lining up to join the fight. Camille binds herself to lovers Morio the fox-demon and Smoky the dragon to boost her magic, and gains a valuable gift from the Crown Prince of the Unicorns to help further. Despite that, the book is grim in places and there are no promises of a happy ending in this volume. So from a story-telling point of view, this was a good book: plenty of twists, lots of danger. Great!

That said, Camille is still my least favourite sister. Menolly is far more interesting, and Delilah is more sympathetic. Camille may be the leader of the sisters, as the eldest, but she's the least likeable as far as I'm concerned. A woman who decides it's fine if her sister's boyfriend flirts with her because "it's safe," is a dubious one to me. I don't hate her or anything, but every time I finish an Otherworld book, the thought of reading the next kind of makes me go "ugh," because I'm going to have to read about Camille and how fabulous she looks and how strong she is and how sexy she is and how insatiable she is and how big her boobs are and it's quite tiresome.

So, it's a fine book but it's not a keeper. If I come across the rest of the series at a discount or something, I'd probably pick them up, but I'm not really sold on the series.

2 / 24 words. 8% done!


Jan. 15th, 2011 04:19 pm
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Night and Chaos, that is. I've been through the manuscript with a fine tooth comb and am convinced it's as good as it can be. I've messed around with the cover a bit more and think it's better - certainly I think it'll stand up against other covers out there - although ideally I'd still like to replace it with some professional art in the future. *deep breath* Which means the next step is formatting it and uploading it to the Kindle. Wow, that scares me a bit actually. I'm still worried about the cliffhanger and people hating it and feeling cheated out of the entire series. I'm going to make it as clear as I can that it's part one of three, but you just don't know how people will react to things. 

Anyway, thanks to everyone who gave feedback on both the story and my cover art attempts! Hopefully before very much longer, it'll be up on Amazon and I can see if this indie thing is all it's cracked up to be *chews nails*


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