I really really like the way that it was imagined, yet I still feel as though this book was just so utterly forgettable in the way that it made its characters and the way the plot was structured and also the writing. It just wasn’t for me.
I really couldn’t connect with any of the characters, and the writing although rather alright and able to get the meaning across just failed to even move me slightly. And strangely, I feel as though the novel had never really moved much at all.
All I really remember is a whole bunch of characters, and also plenty of historical characters who do appear. And well, mostly I’m a little confused here. One moment I was with Crow, the next with I think it was his wife Hester and finally sometimes some characters who I barely even understand. And well, the huge casts of characters without really anything memorable about then was what that ruined this book for me. Since I really need a character to focus about, and there was not much of anything which made me go back to read again. Or any form of dialogue which was even momentarily relatable. In fact, I can’t even seem to remember any memorable quotes here at all. And those go a long way when it comes to me.
If I’m not invested, yeah it is hard to make me really like a book. And sometimes this always happened here, I just couldn’t connect with them. Although I did enjoy the way it’s premise worked, and several developments that came due to the Bonaparte taking England.
But I just couldn’t feel a thing for any of the characters. And well, that to me is always a problem. And somehow, I really wanted to know more about the politics that went behind there instead of this confusing plot I had. I felt as though there was absolutely no tension throughout the book and well nothing of much importance was even happening.
I don’t know whether the writing really killed everything for me, or was it just not to my taste and expectations. So for this, it really boils down to the fact that this isn’t a perfect fit for me. I enjoyed the world, but really found the plot and characters absolutely boring.
Will recommend to you though, if you are still interested. It may be the fact that I expected something a little different from what I got.
Rating: 2 out of 5