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Pelican Freak’s detailed, 3-star review:

Another review that doesn’t come easy to me at all, I had to read this one after reading the first two books in this series and needing to go on.

That is a testament to the author’s brilliance and ability to leave the reader needing more.

It is more of a feat than it seems on the surface; the first two books appeared unedited. This is a serious pet peeve of mine because in a world of “everyone’s an author” and independent publishing, I feel like unedited books give the entire indie publishing industry a bad name. I also feel like, “if you cannot be bothered to hire editors and proofers, why should I spend my time on your work”, basically.

BUT – Book 1 hooked me. Despite the aforementioned pet peeves, I needed to know what happened – to the point that I bought and read Book 2. Book Two was even worse with a major character’s name actually changing – it was unreal… but it still left me hanging. Despite my loathe of unpolished, unedited books, I pre-ordered Book 3 because I had to know how this series turns out… and here we are.

The editing in this book is still bad… if I had to guess, I’d say that this book is unedited and un-proofed. We had Sable in Book 1, Sabel in Book 2 and now she’s back to Sable. As if that’s not enough we’ve got Tom Russel slash Tom Russell and a detrimental, antagonist organization that switches between DSRD and DHRD – it is so annoying to see such basic mistakes. I’m not just being a snob here, the grammar is terrible throughout the series and the only thing that’s consistent about the punctuation is its inconsistency.

HOWEVER –

The content is good. The poor grammar and constant mistakes and name change-ups are a major distraction that definitely add to the time I needed to spend reading this book… and there are a couple of key continuity issues but… for the most part this picks up where Book 2 left off. There is lots of action and some romance. There is violence, there are fights, there is conspiracy… what we have here is clearly an author with a brilliant mind and infinite imagination.

I’d call the characters complex; they’re all brilliantly designed and they all stay true to who they are throughout the series, despite their major tribulations. In fact, for some of them, it’s because of who they are that they can survive such challenges. I don’t want to give anything away so I cannot give examples here – just a sort of undocumented praise.

She’s brilliant at description and painting a pretty specific picture in the reader’s mind without being over descriptive. Also in this installment of the series, there were some really epic magical battles that would rival some of those in the Harry Potter books.

I’d love to read her other works, but I’m not going to put myself through it based on the lack of editing I experienced in this series.

We can’t all be good at everything; I’m just going to hope that she hires an editor or proofer to clean up her work so that it can look professional and be worthy of the attention I’d want it to get if it were professionally put out.

The bottom line seems to be – this is a 5-star story, dragged down to a 3-star total package by a lack of editing.

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