Book Review: A Taste of Lightning by Kate Constable

15 Apr

ImageTansy, Skir, and Perrin are forced to flee the city of Arvestel on the backs of a couple of the king’s horses after a rescue attempt gone wrong. Chased by soldiers and an evil witch, the three must return to the Cragonlands or die. Aided by Perrin’s beast chanting and Tansy’s quick thinking, can they outsmart their pursuers?

This is something like a companion novel to the Chanters of Tremaris series. While characters from that series are mentioned, I don’t think it’s necessary to have read those books before reading this one.

I wasn’t a fan of this book, unfortunately. While the world appeared to be well-drawn, and the magic well-thought-out, the characters simply weren’t interesting or well developed. Problem #1 is that both Tansy and Skir read like 12-year-olds, and when you find out they’re 16 it’s a bit of a shock. Plus, the dialogue wasn’t true to form. I did like that Tansy had a bit of an accent, but the others sounded like modern-day teenagers walking around in what was clearly a medieval-like world, and that’s one of my main pet peeves.

Basically, the book just didn’t hold my attention. Without caring about the characters, there’s very little for me in a book. This one just didn’t do it for me.

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