My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I hated the prologue to this book. I understand it was needed but the way it was written really threw me off and honestly I almost gave up on the entire book before I even finished the prologue.
I am so glad I didn't!
Wow, this book had a LOT of details in it. I feel like I just took a course on Indian culture and mythology. In some places it was a little bogged down by all the information but a lot of it was actually pretty interesting. I found myself skimming just a few times while reading, mostly when they were going on about types of airplanes or why cars in India were so much smaller than cars in America. Some of it was unneeded and didn't really add to the story at all.
I liked the characters, I really liked Kells (I pronounced it 'Kelse' is that how you were supposed to say it? Maybe it was "Kells" as in rhymes with "bells" I don't know.) I liked Ren and his brother and the grandpa like character whose name is escaping me.
I liked the plot line! It wasn't hugely shocking, none of it was amazingly unexpected but it kept a quick pace and kept me interested throughout the entire book. For some reason, parts of it reminded me of one of those dungeon things in Zelda. All the steps they had to take made for a fun adventure. The only complaint I would have was for some reason, the characters emotions weren't really hitting home with me. I didn't feel the emotions they were feeling. I just read what they were feeling. It was some good reading but I didn't get emotionally involved like I do in some books.
I think part of that was because of the constant, redundant use of names. It felt like nothing could happen without a name being thrown out.
"Ren, is there water in the pond?" "Yes, Kells, there is." "Thank's for letting me know, Ren."
That is not a line from the book, fyi, that is just how it felt to me. I am smart enough to know when two people are talking and they are the only ones in the scene that they are talking to each other without the constant name repetition. That is a really small annoyance though and didn't hinder my enjoyment of the book, just made me blink a few times and huff before reading on.
Overall I enjoyed the book! 4 out of 5 do to some issues I had with some of the writing style but I am definitely going to go grab the next book in the series right now!
I wanted to address something that I know bothered other people about this book. I am going to go ahead and throw some spoiler tags out there because I dunno, some people might consider this a spoiler.