The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon & Clare #1)

Disclaimer: I didn’t actually finish the story. I stopped at about 80%, although I was skimming before then. The cover looks good and the summary is intriguing, but the book itself I didn’t particularly care for.

Main problems:

- There are Proper Nouns all over the place, but they’re only rarely explained until much later (if at all). Some books can get away with this. This one did not.

- The POV jumps from character to character and in some cases it can take a while to figure out who in the world is talking.

- Bannon (main character) is crazy powerful. Again, sometimes you can have a story start with a very powerful protagonist and go from there, but more often than not it doesn’t work out.

- Clare (apparently supposed to be a main character) never really feels like a main character. He’s badly overshadowed by Bannon and one of her Shields, to the point where I’m not sure why the series isn’t titled Bannon & Mikal.

- Holy purple prose Batman. The wording feels accurate for the period (so far as I know, which I don’t), but the fact that I noticed enough to comment on it isn’t great. Also Bannon mentions over and over again how unladylike she’s being. We get it.


- Some of the descriptions were very cool. Counter to the last point above, I really could see what was going on in some of the scenes. Not necessarily why it was happening and I’m sure I got some of the Proper Nouns wrong, but it was still solid.

- There is a lot of neat worldbuilding just beneath the surface. I wish it was more obvious, but it’s always interesting to read alternate history at this level. I want to know how things changed! I want to know how things work! Usually that wanting will drive me kicking and screaming through a story (in the best way possible). It almost did this time.

Similar to the point I made a little while back for Whitechapel Gods and Temeraire. I’m sure there are loads of people who love this kind of story. I’m not one of them.

So it goes.

comments powered by Disqus