Plot/Idea: The plot inches along initially, but once Caz stumbles onto the strange happenings in Dunland, the pace picks up, and readers will be treated to bouts of action and otherworldly mystery. Series fans will relish the seamless extension of earlier installments.
Prose: The prose is delivered in an almost diary-like fashion, a choice that drags the plot at times. The author hints at the magic of Caz’s world without overemphasizing, effectively building a believable system that naturally falls into place as the story progresses.
Originality: The backdrop of FitzDuncan’s Hope is certainly creative, and the author balances exposition with dialogue and action well; however, the characters struggle to keep up with the story’s intricate world.
Character/Execution: Caz is fairly non-reactive, despite the bevy of intrigue and danger facing him at every turn. His cool demeanor may challenge readers who wish to connect on a deep level with their main characters, but ultimately it fits the book’s style and setting. The supporting characters all hover around Caz, which helps move the plot forward, though it leaves them feeling one-dimensional.
Date Submitted: May 05, 2023