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Amber and Dusk-Review

I seem to have a pull toward subpar fantasy which is a talent of mine. Needless to say, this one had me up and down in my rating so I’ll leave it at around 3.5. Things I didn’t like: The writing style. As pretty as the descriptions were, the world building seemed to go overboard. Is hat possible? Anyhow, the words “ambric” and “kembric” appeared 3,568 tines and I found myself making a game out of it. A game in which only I benefited. Or not, depending how you look at it. The way I was thrown into a debut novel feeling like I was reading a sequel. I questioned it before realizing Owlcrate doesn’t put sequels in their boxes. So, I plodded on. The beginning confused me. Once things picked up it was ok. Then it just started to feel like The Ambric Queen. That was a Red Queen joke. Whooooosh The plot device death. I will say no more. What I liked: Sylvie was a redeeming factor. Her attitude and outlook was relatable. She didn’t do stupid crap for the sake of the plot. While her intentions were pretty clear I felt like I needed to know more of her but that didn’t affect my rating. The magic or “legacies”. Even know some things weren’t fleshed out, I thought the powers were neat and a tad fresh. Overall, I will probably read the sequel because of Sunder who is smoking hot. So there’s that. Plus, I bet the cover will be delicious.


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