Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Very Long Fantasy

Nora, a disillusioned grad student, goes to the wedding of a friend, wanders off on her own, and finds herself in an alternate universe. At first she's not sure it's an alternate universe. The gardens she walks through are magnificent, the owner of the house is beautiful and intelligent, and all the people she meets are gorgeous. That's not to mention the parties. Things, as it usually turn out, are too good to be true. Nora finds she can't remember things. She wonders what's happening to her mind. Some of the people turnout to be less beautiful than they appear on the surface.

Accidentally she wanders across the boundary of her kingdom and meets people who inhabit the next kingdom. They tell her in no uncertain terms that she's dealing with a group of bad people who use magic to get what they want. One of the men, a magician, offers to help her if she needs to escape. She is sure she never will, but life if full of surprises.

I didn't enjoy this book. I found Nora too unhappy and listless to be an attractive heroine. She does get some guts later in the story, but for me it was too late. The book is very long. It feels as if we're following Nora around looking into an alternate universe, but not much exciting is happening.

If you really love fantasy, you may enjoy this book, but it will take a long time to get through it. If you enjoy books with a fast moving plot, this is not for you. Give it a miss.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.