This is a very meh book. I didn’t particularly want it to be, but it failed me in every way. There was nothing really going on, the writing was dull, the worldbuidling was clearly making an effort but explained poorly, and nothing felt interesting, legitimate, or real.
The characters are diverse, but even in the reviews that’s all anyone can talk about. Yay for diversity! Not much to cheer about otherwise.
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It’s not impossible to be seduced by artwork. This was my experience with A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne. The cover appealed to me immensely, as did the small little illustrations throughout. Unfortunately, these remain the only lasting good thing I received from the novel. Was it bad? Not really. There was a lot I would’ve liked done differently.
The idea is good. Ewan Mao is the chosen one in a contemporary magical London, except that when the time came to defeat the great evil as prophesied, his best friend did it instead. Years down the line he’s a barista and half forgotten, until a charming yet plainly evil customer promises a way to bring him back into the spotlight.
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