Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine has created a stunning new world of flawed gods, unbreakable vows, and ancient omens in this spellbinding ...Show synopsisNewbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine has created a stunning new world of flawed gods, unbreakable vows, and ancient omens in this spellbinding story of Kezi, a girl confronted with a terrible destiny. Attempting to thwart her fate, Kezi and her love, Olus--the god of wind and loneliness--embark on a series of dangerous and seemingly impossible quests. The thought-provoking, well-crafted, and imaginative story will appeal to fans of Fairest as well as to readers who are new to this distinguished author.Hide synopsis
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Whether a blessing or a curse for a writer, their work will be judged much by the quality of their previous work. Sadly for Gail Carson Levine, this is far below her usual splendid books. The improbability of the story (even for a fairy tale) is absurd-the god of the winds and Kezi immediately falling in love and living happily ever after. Anyone who noticed the scripture at the beginning should immediately pick up that this is supposed to be a retelling of the story of Jeptha's tragic vow-a different take than Ms. Levine's normal fairy-tale retelling. I found myself arguing with her conclusions more than enjoying the book. Her insinuation that the forbidding of human sacrifice was inserted into Mosaic law after the sacrifice of Adina was absurd, and even though she tried to leave the ending of the story open, I left it with a bad taste in my mouth, and went and listend to O.T. Action News: Jeptha's Vow, to try and get it out.
Though the story itself was interesting enough, it was fairly predictable and I found myself wondering how much longer until the end. When the end finally did come, I discovered that the character development was so lacking, I didn't particularly care if Kezi lived or died, and was just ready to get it over with.
Possibly the main drawback was not that it was lacking Ms. Levine's lovable humor, but that her attempt at delving into the doubt of the monotheistic God fell absolutely flat. This book, in summation, was a disappointment, especially compared to Ms. Levine's other excellent books.
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