A Total Inability To Connect

Luck in the Shadows

Luck in the Shadows - Lynn Flewelling, Raymond Todd Writing: 4
Story/Plot: 4
Depth/Detail: 4
Enjoyment: 4

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It sounds fairly generic, and it is - to a degree. There's some interesting magic, some political intrigue, and some really weird, random dream sequences and such. The writing is good, and the story flows well, although feels like it's a bit longer than it needs to be. The characters are likable, the dialogue is realistic and moves well, and the world is well described, albeit a bit limited.

All in all, I found this an enjoyable novel, one that was worth reading. The book ends on a weird note, in a magical dream sequence, and on a real cliffhanger, and literally finishes on "To be continued..." which was kind of offputting. Either way, if anyone is into this type of book, it's worth reading and of high quality.

(Note: The audiobook for this is atrocious. The narrator does very few voices, and over-enunciates every word. He sounds mechanical, like he's just reading in front of a classroom, rather than narrating a book. Easily the worst narrator I've ever had, and it really took me out of the story.)