Bookworm

Bookworm

Bookworm

Elaine is an orphan girl who has grown up in a world where magical ability brings power. Her limited talent was enough to ensure a magical training but she’s very inexperienced and was lucky to get a position working in the Great Library. Now, the Grand Sorcerer – the most powerful magician of them all – is dying, although initially that makes little difference to Elaine; she certainly doesn’t have the power to compete for higher status in the Golden City. But all that changes when she t

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  1. 41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    I liked the idea of this book., February 4, 2013
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    The book had an interesting concept and seems to hint that there may be more coming. I really liked the way the author linked mysogeny to a deficiency in male genitalia.

    However, I have some serious complaints about the failure of the heroine to evolve. The heroine always seemed to be waiting for someone to tell her what to do. She adamantly refused to question authority in any significant way even when confronted with real atrocities. (There was some after-the-fact pointless whining about how they let her be badly treated as a child). With a few exceptions, things went best when she thought for herself and acted on her own initiative. However, she stubbornly clung to her prior identity. What will it take for her to stop letting people make decisions for her when so few of those decisions are actually in her best interests?

    I was mostly disappointed because the heroine actually regressed instead of stepping forward. She was changed and she said she believed she grew, but at the end of the book, she recklessly tossed any personal growth in the rubbish heap and, bewilderingly, decided that enslavement was a good look for her, meekly agreeing to being placed in an even more powerless position than she was at the beginning of the book. Having someone treat a normal person like that would have turned him or her into exactly the kind of person they feared; he/she would have crushed them like bugs while they were still weak. She felt she needed to be punished for having the ability to perform terrible acts even though she repeatedly demonstrated that she had neither the personal capacity nor inclination to do so??!!?? Crazy. Even if she didn’t want to assert herself, she didn’t have to stay. She could have taken her money and left, finding her own way and her own adventures. It was unlikely that anyone could have stopped her; they were not really in a position to execute her since most of the other wizards were dead and since they all owed her a huge debt.

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  2. 19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Knowledge is power, January 27, 2013
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    I enjoyed this and can’t wait for a sequel (hint hint). My only real complaint is that I kept waiting for the main character to grow a spine. She’s spent her entire life being victimized and marginalized, and then gets vast knowledge to supplement her limited magic strength. She consistently doesn’t use it until backed into a corner or rendered helpless. A little preparedness on her part would have gone a long way and been much less frustrating. When she does cut loose she kicks butt though!

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