This book started out promising, but ended up being a throwaway read. While not as bad as some I’ve tried to read (I actually finished this one), the persistent editing issues (including minor misspellings, repetitive wording, and bits that were obviously left in after having been rewritten in the sentences immediately following) and overall bland storytelling made this an extremely forgettable book.
The core problem, as best I can guess, is that the book probably started life as a bunch of plot points. A lot of stuff happens to the main character, but he does little more than react to whatever is immediately occurring, and his motivations and desires are all very superficial and liable to change with every passing breeze. This is a character who has gods directly answering his prayers (often in very dramatic fashion) and the most he can summon up the gumption to do is follow orders like he’s a character from some low-budget RPG performing fetch-and-carry quests. A lot of his reactions seem forced and superficial, as well. “Oh my god, I delivered a message to a SPY? Spies are bad! I don’t want to be a spy! I hope he doesn’t make me be a spy! Oh, he wants me to be a spy? I guess I’ll be a spy.” Come on, dude. You’ve got goddesses practically holding out a handkerchief whenever you sneeze; figure out what you want from life and act on it! (Or at least desire something slightly less juvenile and reactive than, “I don’t want to be a spy when I grow up, because spies are…bad? Yeah. They’re sneaky and bad!”)
In any case, if you’re absolutely desperate for something to read and don’t mind generic fantasy with flat characters, you could do worse. At least the stuff happening to the main character is, for the most part, interesting. I will not be reading any more of the this series, though; it just isn’t worth the time.
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