Triad: Sisters of the Storm Book 1
Fantasy is one of my favourite genres, and so Triad sounded like a great read, offering magic, prophecies, dwarves, dragons, and epic battles. Unfortunately, although the basic story had a sound plot, the writing repeatedly got in the way of the story. The frequent drops into the omniscient point of view and pages of description made it very hard for me to stay in the story, and the latter forcibly pulled the pacing down pretty much throughout.
I also wasn’t able to form much of a connection with the characters. Some of that may have been due to the point of view swaps between third and omniscient, but by and large, the protagonist, Aleena, spent so much time explaining her reasoning for what she did in minute detail to herself that my inner editor was screaming for a red pencil long before I got to the action she was contemplating. Beyond this, the characters were at root very simple archetypes, without much depth or complexity to really make them real for me as the reader.
Overall, I had to push myself to finish this book. I really hate having to say that, but between the slow pacing, the number of homonyms in the text, and not being able to even focus my attention on a favourite character, this read was a struggle for me.