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The City Of Invention

The book reviews of UK children's author, Brian Keaney

Highly Successful Fantasy -Repetitive and Cartoon-Like

The Alchemyst - Michael Scott, Erik Singer

This book is action packed from the very first page and the author displays an extraordinary inventiveness in cramming his plot with a host of colourful characters taken and adapted from mythologies and folklore all over the world. The target audience will probably love it and the fact that it's already won a number of awards testifies to this.

However, I thought it was badly written. It's repetitive. The emotional narrative is all tell and no show. It's littered with lengthy passages of exposition and the characterisation strikes me as cartoon-like. I found reading it a chore.