Note: I received an ARC from Future House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thanks FHP.
This is another book which is probably around a 3.5 rating for me. It’s good, but not amazing and it makes me kind of frustrated because it had the building blocks for amazing.
In The Hunger readers are thrust immediately into a complex magical world. The magic is complex (And reminds me more than a bit of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn magic system). The politics are complex. The society is complex. The religion is complex. I don’t mind any of those things, and I don’t mind being dropped into the world and then having things explained. However, and this is a big however, if I’m dropped into the world that way I must have characters who I immediately latch onto, then I’m willing to take the ride with them even if there are problems with pacing or unanswered questions.
In this case while the characters, and there are at least 5 playing at main characters, are unique none of them really stepped up as someone whose story I just HAD to know. At least one was only on the quest until something better came along. One was a non believer who was going along on the word of his friend. One came along because she insisted and there had to be a sort of romantic angle. When I don’t have a character to really connect to then I find myself reading more analytically and under that all the things we didn’t know became annoying.
I did like the glimpses we got into the world and the magic. I liked the uniqueness of Sarhah’s knife work in particular and Evelet continually came up with surprises. Azil and his obsession with clothing and fashion was fun. I just needed MORE of all of it to come through and really carry me away.