Book Review: The Eyes of a King - The Last Descendants by Catherine Bannercategories: Books, Children's Books, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, Fantasy & Magic, young adult
Author: Catherine Banner
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Embarrassingly BadI don't want to be unkind, but this is an abysmal book. It's the most lifeless, joyless, dull novel I've ever come across - and this is coming from someone who read Anselm Audley's debut novel all the way through. For Catherine Banner, characterization seems to be something that happens to other people. The bottom line is, it's impossible to care about what happens to any of the characters and their dull grey lives. Perhaps even worse than that, events move at a snail's pace, so that, if this novel were written by someone with any idea of how to pace a book, it would have been less than 100 pages. As it is, several rather uneventful happenings are strung out for over 400 pages. I cannot believe her agent could describe it as 'fast-paced'. Fast-paced?! I've seen faster-paced tortoises.
Do yourself a big favor: give this turkey a miss. As for Banner's publishers touting her as 'the next JK Rowling' - I may not be a big fan of Harry Potter, but it has got to be a hundred times more engaging than this adolescent drivel.
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