Seeds of Rebellion by Brandon Mull
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Honestly, this is hard for me to write because I really, really want to like this series.. but I was really disappointed in this book, and I've been very disappointed in this series.
I want to like it very much and I occasionally find myself liking some parts of it, but overall it just isn't grabbing me. Some aspects of the world that Mull has created I enjoy, and it is imaginative in some ways, but overall the story is missing something. I don't care about the protagonist(s) at all, I like a couple of the secondary characters much more. And, frankly, the Heroic boy who finds he's good at weapons and the female who is somehow gifted at magic is so gender/genre cliche that I literally rolled my eyes and shook my head when I reached that point of the book.
I have really enjoyed Brandon Mull's other books, as have my children, which is why I'm so torn over this one. His other stories have been incredibly imaginative, but what this story is lacking perplexes me. I think that maybe he's so concerned with world building a unique world that he's losing focus on his characters, and his characters were one of the things I enjoyed so much in his other stories. Possibly my expectations are too great, given how much I enjoyed his previous books.
Had the last 1/4 of the book not been a marked improvement over the first 3/4 I probably would have been forced to give it a 1-star review.
It honestly pains me to give a review like this.
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