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I don't like to crap on new authors. But I always want to feel like am giving an honest review. This book, Heiress of Darkess, is a duology with the first book Hierres of Light. The problem is that it's the exact same book. Almost identical. Switch out the names of the characters and the story is EXACTLY THE SAME.
Here are some examples of the similarities:
• Girl grows up with 5 male companions.
• All five companions secretly love the girl.
• Book one the 5 guys are in a Brotherhood guard, and in this book they are actual brothers.
• Each girl asks one of the guys to kill her if things go bad.
• Each girl encounters a Goddess trying to trick her.
• Each group of guys say, "We are brothers. We share everything and we are ok with sharing you"
• Each girl constantly berates herself for wanting multiple men.
I could go on and on and on... as I said it is the EXACTLY same book with different names.
Another thing that makes this book bad is the development. Meaning the lack of any development. There is no character development, no world development, no story development.
These five brothers are forced down your throat. The author gives a paragraph of them being around once to save Charlotte when they were 6 but no other background on why they are important to each other. So the "love" comes across as spontaneous. I would have recommended started the story with her and the five brothers instead of the merchants son who adds no other value to this book after the first 5 minutes. If she had started with tge 5 brothers talking to Charlotte then their friendship would have been established automatically.
Instead it came across as the author saying , "OH yeah. I forgot to mention these five dudes she grew up with so just pretend like you knew that already and I won't worry about explaining"
The book was only 6 hours long. On average audio books are about 8 - 12 hours, so she maybe this was the fault of the editor cutting too much out. Only the last 12 minutes involve her interacting with her sister. And that was supposed to be the whole purpose of thus second book. Either way, I have to give my honest opinion and this felt like a waste of my money.
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