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The Shadowglass: The Bone Witch, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Confusing writing mars impact of dark series finale.

Book Rin Chupeco Fantasy 2019
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This disappointing finale is proof that fantastic world building will only carry you so far. Authors need to carefully plot these tales, and write and rewrite them until they are clear and compelling to the reader. In The Shadowglass, it's just so hard to follow along with the story. The divided format, with italics chapters told by a Bard and plain-text chapters narrated by Tea, has been difficult to follow for the whole series, and in this third book, it's nearly impossible. It's never clear where in time each story is or how they eventually overlap.

Simple writing issues also get in the way of a clear story a reader can follow. Take Chapter 6, where there are long stretches of people talking with no sense of who is in the room or where people are sitting or what the scene even looks like. This lack of attention to setting also upsets the impact of Chupeco's many fight scenes, which is too bad, because these blighted creatures sound fascinating. This whole world is fascinating, and it's unfortunate that the reader can't see it clearly in the finale.

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