A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall - My Thoughts

A Crown for Cold Silver - Alex Marshall

Well, this is the first disappointment of 2016 for me.  A Crown for Cold Silver was recommended and lauded by so many fantasy blogs and on many lists but for the life of me, I don't know why.  


At 650 pages, this is one hefty novel!  It's that long because there are pages and pages and pages of exposition and internal debate and just plain blah-blah-blah.  It never went anywhere!  650 pages of introducing the characters and discovering their motivations and even then... EVEN THEN, I'm not clear on much of it.  I don't know how many times I muttered Just get on with it! under my breath.  


Most of the characters showed hints of being interesting, a few even became so, but there was so much blathering going on that this development was often lost.  And I had a problem in that I kept mixing up two of them.  Two of the 5 Villains.  They're important characters and I shouldn't have kept confusing them, but there you go.  


At times, some of the dialogue/inner dialogue was jarring because all of a sudden words from our 2016 reality were thrown in.  Dude?  Really?  And also... there is tons of world-building, much of which is interesting and intriguing (but FAR too heavily explained) and there are new and different things the, all of a sudden, they're mentioning VINDALOO??? Makes no freaking sense to me.  


So in the end, the book/series that I was looking forward to, let me down.  I'm in no rush to purchase the next book.  Maybe if it shows up on my $1.99 sale page, but I have far too many other books to check out before I subject myself to more Just get on with it! reading.


Colour me disappointed.