26 August 2014
Review: Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle
Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Closer to a 1.5, honestly.
This book is truly a bit of a mess. It doesn't know if it's a fantasy book, or a horror book, or a book centered around riddles, or a book centered around birds, or a book about animal companions, or a book about animal zombies/vampires. It could be all of these things, or it could be about none of them at all.
And did I mention it's a book for kids?
The story is incredibly long for what it is, has very cardboard characters and a far-too-confusing premise for the audience it's after. I really don't get it at all, and I'm at a loss to figure out where in the process it went wrong. I'm hesitant to call it a complete failure, but it's pretty much the closest I can get to "failure" without actually calling it one. There's redeemable ideas about virtue and selfless acts throughout, but you have to get through a LOT of nonsense to get there along the way, and it's just not worth it.
Avoid this one at all costs.
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