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The Quilty Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Didn't live up to my expectations

Shadow Scale - Rachel Hartman

Seraphina was one of my favorite books of 2013, so I was really, really excited about this one. I started it immediately.


And it took me 8 months to finish it.


It is fine, but I have to be honest - it dragged. It was overlong, and meandering, and occasionally felt like it was going no where. And because I struggled with it, even now, at the end, I feel like I didn't really understand the resolution. I still enjoyed the characters, and the world was rich and lovely, but the actual plot resolution really made little sense to me. I finally just got so tired of it staring at me from my "Currently Reading" collection, guilting me with my sense of inadequacy, that I finished it.


I feel bad that I didn't love it more. I think that Rachel Hartman is incredibly talented, and I will read everything she ever writes. But this one just didn't work for me.