This novel has reminded me why I don’t usually go in for epic fantasy. If you just want an adventure, with some quirky guys, headstrong ladies, a big bad, magic, mysterious clues, a climactic battle, and a few side quests, this is perfect for you.
But I want more character depth. For example, the main characters slice up bandits and assassins every other page with about as much thought or emotion as a D&D player. Their actions are never called into question because they’re the good guys.
The writing was also nothing spectacular. It could have been edited closer for repetitve words and phrases.
I’m not saying all epic fantasy is flat and wordy, but I found this novel disappointingly so.
Edit: It turns out this is a novelization of a video game (not noted on the cover). Everything makes much more sense.