I do just wish that there was better proof-reading of so many of these books. I could almost forgive if it was self-published but this was Live Edge Publishing (1 Nov. 2018). The glaring one I picked up was gate for gait. Although there were others.
Also Editors, there was, in my opinion, a very large plot inconsistency.
- The story says that Moonburners can only be born from a Sunburner father and a Moonburner mother. Only females are Moonburners.
- We can therefore assume the same for Sunburner boys.
- In the Sunburner territory it is stated that all Moonburners have been ‘discovered’ and killed – of all ages.
- Therefore there is no requirement for girls born to be tested, as none could possibly be Moonburners.
- And thus no Gleaming.
- Or being left to die in the desert
- And thus no Chiya (very important point later in the story cycle)
- And Chiya could never have been imprisoned for procreation
- If a Sunburner boy is born then his mother was a Moonburner and she should be killed.
- And then no Sunburners – which they did admit had become rarer – but they failed to make the logical leap!
- Alternatively, statement 1 (in the book) is false and the rest follows.
It annoys no end when there is such a major logical error in the story.
The storyline also drew a great deal on Japanese and Chinese culture and behaviour even down to what was said to be pretty – a very Chinese ideal face.
However, I did find the books easy to read – but if I didn’t have them as a collection I would not have continued to read to the end.
The best parts of the stories were the seishen. ‘Animals’ with snark and humour. In other fantasy books these are Japanese ‘foxes’ with long tails. Supernatural. Going to give them a 4 as they quite innovative between all the books.