One thing that this lacked was more time for it to become good. A weakness of the author is how she has spent so long just describing everything instead of them happening.
I don’t see discussion scenes, or scenes where the plot moves forward. A lot of it is spent in description of often nebulous substance, and where it doesn’t really matter.
The premise sounds good, and I really enjoyed intrigue regarding the Russian revolution. But here there’s none of that. There is almost no linkage, nothing that really keeps this novel together.
And that’s the reason why I didn’t like it. It three together interesting elements but never knew how to fully utilize them to make the story interesting. It just feels hollow when it could have managed to be so much more or when it could have filled it with some substance.
It is something that the author hasn’t really changed from. Making most of the stories feels half baked, as though it wanted to do something great and it never got there.
Rating: 2 out of 5