A Wizard's Forge by A.M. Justice
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Don't you just love it when synopsis' are vague, or you just don't even read them 'cause you're afraid to get spoiled? I went into this book feeling completely blind, except I was judging by the cover art which is amazing. Let me tell you, I didn't know that i was embarking on a highly-entertaining ride.
This book had some elements that I preferred; it was plot-driven and fast-paced action which is right up my alley. But the author had way too many ideas that were all over the place. Such subplots could be completely eliminated and were utterly unnecessary. Also there were random time jumps where we wouldn't see what's going on for a couple of years in certain character's' life. I just didn't understand why the author chose the implement these, and I wish that she could have at least labeled them at the beginning of the chapters.
The plot unfortunately was very predictable for where it was going, because I foresaw the love interests and the conflicts. Lots of tropes that I absolutely hate were pushed in here, so that made the book similar to other books that I'm not a fan of. Again, we've seen this ideas before in epic YA fantasy, the author is simply recycling them here.
My biggest pet peeve is when I don't like the character or I don't connect/relate to them and that's a huge hindrance to how much this book enraptured me. It's my opinion that the characters were frankly underdeveloped and the secondary characters were just names floating in the universe that the author had created and I couldn't muster myself to care.
*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review/opinion.*
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