Book Breakup: Sword of Light by Katherine Roberts
I feel particularly bad about not finishing this, since Templar kindly sent it to me for review, and it seems like the kind of book I probably would have enjoyed as a kid. I’m not going to rate it, because if I did based on my own enjoyment it would pretty low and I don’t feel that is exactly fair, given that I not only didn’t finish reading this, but that I’m also roughly fifteen years older than the intended audience.
I have read and thoroughly enjoyed a lot of junior fiction, but this one just didn’t work for me. The writing was just too simple for my liking and the characters didn’t feel real enough for me to care. Unfortunately I really didn’t like the heroine. She was the kind of character who is incredibly naive but thinks she knows best and basically causes a lot of bother for everyone else along the way. I found her bossy and unlikable. Truthfully I cannot name a character I really liked and it’s probably the main reason as to why I gave up on this. This is also quite a long book for its age group and I personally found the story slow going.
I was honestly surprised that Sword of Light failed to capture my interest. I love anything to do with the legends of King Arthur and when I first heard the synopsis for it I was very excited about the book. One of the greatest legends retold, but with a Pendragon woman (or girl in this case), at the helm? It sounded like my kind of book. Sadly, I found myself picking this up, growing bored and putting it back down again many times over the last few months, and so I’ve finally decided to call it a day.
It’s such a shame, but I wouldn’t discourage any little readers from picking this up, as they may well enjoy it far more than I. It has all the components for a fantastic, magical adventure but, personally, it didn’t come together. I guess I’m just too old for this one.
Read: 249/463 pages
*Many thanks to Templar for sending this for review*
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