My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was really interested to read a debut novel from a fellow Open University Student, who had done the Creative Writing Module, and I wasn't disappointed at all with the quality of the writing.
It was, apart from one or two teeny tiny errors in the text that I cam across (detailed below) of a really high quality. The plot was original and kept my interest right to the very end. There was a conclusion, but it wasn't an outright happy ending ... in itself that is a refreshing change, as quite a lot of authors feel the need to wrap it up with a big bow, which can detract from the work as a whole.
There are still left questions unanswered, and hopefully there will be a follow up novel to move it on. Although I feel that Clair has it in her to really ramp up the writing and add more layers of twists and turns to create a truly stunning read.
I did stumble across the following errors on the Kindle file:
Loc 265: As his body convulsed with of pain from ...
Loc 943: ... pulled him along behind one of armoured horses ...
Loc 1331: ... but the water for him bring up.
Loc 1737: ... stayed in such good spirits and talk about it in such a carefree ...
Loc 1839: ... trickled back his throat and ...
Loc 4772: His heart leaped in expectation (I'm not sure about this one, I think it should be leapt).
Loc 5260: ... Kilora agrees me very much.
As I said, they are minor, minor things, and definitely do not detract from a superb reading experience. It is truly heartening to find an author that does not feel the need to use 'gotten', and for this alone I would have added a further star if the quality had not, in fact, been as exceptional as it turned out - it was a full on 5 star read.
Hugs, and happy reading