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Rating: 1 of 5 stars/DNF
Fallenwood—a land where magic is the life force, dragons are sages, and wizards good and evil battle for supremacy. When 16-year-old Ash is thrust into the middle of Fallenwood’s power struggles, she is also forced to face her own inner battles. Life on Earth was hard enough on Ash, who is locked in grief for her stepfather. Now, the fate of Fallenwood rests on her shoulders. She must destroy the Great Crystal—the catalyst for all the land’s magic. As the kingdoms prepare for war, Ash must look inside to find the power to save the world, and herself.
I’m not sure what happened here. There was as much promise here as with any other gem I can think of, but it was squandered on boring prose, boring characters, boring action and boring overtones. I mean, I don’t know how author Soule managed to turn a powerful concept like suicide into banal, detached apathy, but holy hell she did it well. Again, lotsa potential, terrible execution.