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Ancient Magic

Tittel: Ancient Magic
Forfatter: Linsey Hall
Sjanger: Fantasy 
Utgitt: 2016
Forlag: Selv publisert
Antall sider: 260
Goodreads rating: 3.93

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I?m good at two things: finding treasure and killing demons. Lying low is a close third?but not because I want to be good at hiding. I have to be. I?m a FireSoul, one of the unlucky few to inherit a piece of the dragon?s soul. Being born with the dragon?s covetousness should be a sweet gig - I have the power to find and steal any type of treasure, including the powers of other supernaturals.

But it doesn?t come without a price - stealing powers requires that I kill, and others would destroy me if they discover what I am. In a world full of magic, hiding my species is the only way to survive. Finding magical artifacts is the only way to pay the bills. It?s a dangerous job when you can barely use your magic, but that?s one of the things I like about it.

When Aidan Merrick, the most powerful shifter in the city, hired me to find an ancient scroll, I didn?t want to take the job. His immense amount of power reminds me of too much of murky memories from a past I can?t remember. But I don?t have a choice. The scroll reveals what I am. And if anyone finds out, I?m dead.

Ok, so I picked up this for free. I've seen it around before that, actually, it's been recommended for me on audible, but I've never used any credits on it, and now I'm glad. 

''Ancient Magic'' brought out mixed feelings in me. 
I found the premise and story interesting enough, it had some pointers I liked, even if I wouldn't have written them myself. 
This was probably the only reason for why I didn't DNF it. 
I thought about it so. many. times! 

Why, you ask?
Well, I actually had some trouble finding the words. What about this book made me cringe so much, if I liked the premise of the story? 
I figured out the word last night. 
It's the level of maturity. 

Ok, bear with me here. 
This is a book for adults, is my understanding, and that maturity wasn't the problem. 
The problem was the writer. 
She did some things that I did when I was a teenager in my own writing. 
Everyone was beautiful and kick ass and had no flaws. Every girl was either a bounty hunter, tomb raider or mercenary, and everyone could fight. 
Also, the love interest was super powerful, the chosen one, super hot, and filthy rich. 
Blargh... 

I could overlook this, I actually could, then we come to the story.
Everything fell into the characters lap when they needed it. They discovered what they needed to know just when they needed it, and they always had the different powers to deal with everything. 
It came to a point where I didn't even feel exited about an interesting scene, because I knew they would deal... and oh, yeah, there it was. She could do that all along, right... 

And the writing... 
Not in itself the words, actually, I've read worse from more mature writers, but with everything else, it was still a problem. 
She had a tendency of repeating the same thing over and over again - mostly actions and inner dialogue - like we didn't get the fanciness of it the first time, or the second, or the third. 
She also repeated words, like the reader was an idiot and couldn't understand that the character walking through that door in the last sentence, was still walking through that door, or through it. And oh, there was a room on the other side of that door? Who would have guessed... 
Also, she tried to be cool. Every now and again she would throw in a comment like: ''the only thing perky about here was her tits'', and then she would talk about the different characters tits on and off, like she just learned the word. 
Mostly her point of view didn't make me cringe, but when she tried to be sassy and cool, I actually blushed in embarrassment over how forced it was. 

So yeah, I'm sorry I'm pissing all over this book, but it just got under my skin in all the wrong ways. This is a book that should have been through a couple of betareaders before being published - and an editor - but wasn't, and so another book giving self publishing a bad rep. 
And I may just hate on this book because I'm super tired and hurting these days, but even if I was all perky - not my tits, that is - I wouldn't have given this a high rating, and I would not pick up anything else by this author, I'm sorry to say. 

2/5 stjerner på goodreads


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