Last time. (if anybody other than UnagonjisNakio bothered to read it) I gave my review on the Ravinica novles, now it's time for my review of Time Spiral. Unlike the last, this is only the review of the first book in the Time Spiral Cycle.
The following review contains spoilers of the book Time Spiral.
I have to be truthful here. I was very unimpressed with this book and with Scott McGough's writing style in general. I felt that McGough didn't describe scenes very well and I also felt that certain parts were starched out.
The first part in the workshop was OK and I liked it very much. It set the scene for later in the book and I found it very descriptive, but after that, I felt that it just go very uninteresting and, quite frankly, boring at parts.
I understand that it is about Teferi and his journey to re-intergrade Shiv and it sounds like a good plot, but the way it is presented is just bland. The first half of the book is nothing more than Teferi yabbering on and on about Shiv's return and about how he's gonna help it and then about Rahda chasing Greht into the mountains (that chase I found very awesome, to be honest.). And the last half is about how they are gonna "get to" Shiv, if you will, and then re-intergrade it.
Most of the book is about talking and less general adventure, which I don't mind, but they go over the same subjects over and over again it get repetitive and annoying. Not only that, but the book really only looked at Teferi, Jhoria, Radha and at times, Venser. But what about the other characters? Aprem? Dassene? Corus? Skive? Freaylse? Llanarch? Greht? I felt that they did not get enough time in the book. All that Aprem, Dassene, Corus, Skive and Llanach ever did was interject with a comment or two now than again, making them nothing more that cardboard cut-out side kicks. Hell, even Nico Bolas, who's appearance was a good surprise, was so under-descriptive. All that part was, was a one minute fight between Tefri and Bolas and then he goes away. Yeah... Very entertaining.
I honestly feel that the "cardboard cut-out sidekicks", as I refer to them now, were under used. When I read a book, I don't wanna be in Teferi's point-of-view all the time. I wanna know why Aprem, Dassese and the rest are along. Ok, I know why, but I don't know why, if you understand me. I wanna read from their point-of-view once in a while, so that I can really connect with them as characters. I mean, because of such a lack of description and dept to them, I felt nothing when Bolas killed Aprem. Nothing at all, and at that point I knew that I was bored when I don't care for the characters well being or when something bad happens to them. Aprem had no dept what so ever. He was nothing more than just a follower, but that is because I never once got to understand the book from his point-of-view, and I am meant to be sad when he dies? Meh.
Also, the description of their surrounding was never good. Like most of you I'm sure, I was imaging Teferi as he is in his actual card (link here gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details....) but half way though the book, he is described as wearing white robes and a funny hat? No, I'm sorry. I really hate that. I don't mind if you change some ones look, but not to tell the reader until they have read most of the book is really stupid. I have already formed a image of a character at the start as I read about them, why do you not just describe what they wear at the start?
However, the sub-plot about Radha chasing after Greht I found very awesome. I really liked it. But not once did the book shift to Grehts view and he just felt like a cardboard cut-out villain with no dept.
And the ending? Come on, could it have been any cheesier? Teferi shoots himself up at the rift and Jhoria is shouting back "Teferi, No! There has to be another way." That was her actual words. The whole exchange was nothing more that Teferi saying goodbye to her in the most mellow-dramatic way I have see, like something out of Gone with the Wind or Casablanca. I half expected Teferi to turn around and say "Don't worry, we'll always have Paris." ¬_¬;;
Anyway, I have written enough and I do understand that this is turning into a rant and I do apologise, but I honestly did not enjoy this book all that much and I think it could have been done so much better. I have read better books which I could not put down, but with Time Spiral, I was forcing myself to read it. Why not stop reading it, you ask? Well, I don't like to half-complete things. I dunno if that's my Autism or not, but that's the kinda person I am. If I do something, I finish it. I now have to read Planer Chaos and I'm not looking folward to it.
Anyway, tell me what you think of my review if you have read Time Spiral.