Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Review:The Knife's Edge by Matthew Wolf
The first thing that struck me is how derivative this novel is from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. This is obvious right from the start and includes organizations that are run along the exact same lines as Aes Sedai to one character,Darius, who is a complete knock off of Mat Cauthon.
The prose is tidy but sometimes too simplistic for what is trying to be conveyed in the content. The world-building is very uneven with much left unexplained and some things contradictory, for example the residents of the Shinning City, a city isolated for thousands of years, hardly seem to be put out by the arrival of stangers.
The pacing is very uneven with the ending far too rushed and again too much left unexplained especially with the secondary characters. There were different character point of views sprinkled throughout the text but these certainly could have been used better.
Overall this novel is noticeably derivative, uneven in both world-building and pacing and leaves too much unexplained. 4.75/10.