I admit that I only started to read it because I was so grateful for all the help I've got from Tim's Finish Your Novel advice to writers (which I highly recommend). Then he kindly sent me a book about writing (not by him) as a prize in a competition he ran. After all that, how could I not read one of his books? The trouble was, they didn't look like the kind of thing I'd usually read. How wrong I was.
For me, the book started out slowly but after a couple of chapters I was reeled in and couldn't put it down - although I also didn't want to get to the end and not have it to read any more. You know that feeling?
What drew me in:
- Great descriptions of place with just the right amount of detail. I found myself in another world.
- A huge variety of characters. I identified with the main character, Poke Rafferty, and enjoyed the range of goodies, baddies and the more ambivalent folk who share his world with him.
- The tension racheting up so that I desperately wanted it to come out all right for the main characters.
- Wonderful dialogue that seems entirely natural and is very entertaining.
- And finally, a satisfying ending.