This is an example of a book which I did not like as much as I did the film shot on it. Unfortunately, the story failed to grab and hold me, as I expected. In my teenage, I tried reading some Tolkien, and did not enjoy it. I hoped it was due to the text, and I certainly wished I would love The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Having watched the film, which I enjoyed immensely, I wished and hoped even more.
Unfortunately, I simply did not get hooked by the narration. The story is interesting enough, even marvelous; characters are believable and deep; scenes are described in great and exciting details. Yet, the action unfolds somewhat tediously, sometimes descriptions and fairy-tale departures from the plot are simply “too much”.
I believe the book has plenty of ardent fans to wait for my exultation and fervour.
In short, it is a most interesting story, and I enjoyed it truly; however, I got tired of the writing very fast.
7 Folds of Winter by Carolyn McCray
I started reading the book with modest expectations. After all, given the mighty supply of Young Adult fantasies, one needs to be at least cautious. It would be only honest to say, that the book exceeded my expectations, and very few things were really easy to predict in it.
As for suspense, drama, romance and heroism, 7 Folds of Winter has it all. There are all types of characters, as well – well-meaning but weak, truly noble, downright evil and, of course, ambiguous ones.
For myself, however, I could spot two weaknesses. One is that destined lovers are not particularly romantic for me. I prefer romance that is hindered, relations that are tense and that need clarification between the two partners-to-be. The other weakness I found is that no single character became my favourite. All the “nice” ones were nice enough, but none of them appealed to me definitively. The book is rather long, so there was “time” to get familiar with the characters. I just missed doing that.
I definitely enjoyed 7 Folds of Winter, and did not regret taking it, in the first place.