Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Review: The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy

Title: The Pages of the Mind
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: May 31st, 2016 
Edition: Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Source: NetGalley

An Orphan's Throne
     Magic has broken free over the Twelve Kingdoms. The population is beset by shapeshifters and portents, landscapes that migrate, uncanny allies who are not quite human…and enemies eager to take advantage of the chaos. 
     Dafne Mailloux is no adventurer--she's a librarian. But the High Queen trusts Dafne's ability with languages, her way of winnowing the useful facts from a dusty scroll, and even more important, the subtlety and guile that three decades under the thumb of a tyrant taught her. 
     Dafne never thought to need those skills again. But she accepts her duty. Until her journey drops her into the arms of a barbarian king. He speaks no tongue she knows but that of power, yet he recognizes his captive as a valuable pawn. Dafne must submit to a wedding of alliance, becoming a prisoner-queen in a court she does not understand. If she is to save herself and her country, she will have to learn to read the heart of a wild stranger. And there are more secrets written there than even Dafne could suspect…

When I started reading this book, I didn't know that technically there are 3 books ahead of this one. This book was really strange and actually pretty boring. Having not read the other books made the world a little confusing. 

The opening to the book is really boring and slow. It takes a good while for the book to pick up, but by that point, I was already mostly skimming the book.

The largest failing of this book is not that it's part of a series that overlaps with another, it's that this book doesn't stand as a first book in a series. Reading this book felt like I should have read the other books, when this book should have been able to stand on its own. Tell us what we needed to know about what already happened with-out info-dumping or being repetitive for those that did read the other books. I don't feel like this book did a good job at that.

I was lost most of the book, and bored the rest of it. Dafne didn't feel like the main character, so having the story told from her perspective didn't make sense.

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