|Nomadic SA Chick||
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Page Count: 352
Fiction Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Sci-Fi, Romance, Magic
Dates Read: May 27 - May 29, 2015
A young prince, who spends most of his time avoiding beatings from his older brother who are vying to be the next Czar of their land, is banished from his homeland in Old Russia, after glimpsing the enchanted Firebird. On his journey to find Firebird again, he befriends a talking fox, and completes complicated mazes and puzzles, all before he falls in love with Firebird. Soon he discovers that Firebird is more than she initially appears to be, and is in fact a young maiden who has been waiting to find true love and have the enchantment broken that has been holding her hostage.
How could a sci-fi/fantasy fan not fall in love with that description? I know I did, and I fell hard. I had such wonderful expectations of this. I really tried to like this one. The idea of a young prince stumbling into the woods and falling in love with a faerie sounded promising. Lackey let me down. She failed me.
Lackey spent a bit over 3/4 of the book explaining the relationship of prince to his brothers and fathers. She really didn't need that many pages to tell us that he was bullied by his brothers and that his father refused to name an heir to the throne for fear of being murdered by the son. She didn't need to spend that many pages telling us that these boys spent their day time hours learning to fight, challenging each other, and then spending their nights wooing (and sometimes raping) the young women who worked for their father. Really! The over detailing in this book was like beating a dead horse for two weeks straight.
Eventually when we do get to the heart of the story, you start ti worry because your page count is dwindling and you're wondering how she is going to build a solid story in such a short amount of time. SPOILER ALERT: SHE DOESN'T! This book was such a disappointment. The sad thing is that after writing my summary of the book, I want to go back and reread it in hopes that it has magically changed since I closed it, and a truly engaging story is going to be there.
2 out of 5 stars.