Fallen Masters by John EdwardI really wanted to like this book. The plot had potential, and yeah, I got a kick out of the fact that it was by John Edward. So when I won it through GoodReads, I was pretty excited.
That excitement lasted for maybe the first 50 pages. Then it was a slog, getting through a bunch of personal narratives that didnt interest me, to see how the plot resolved. And by the time the plot resolved, I just didnt care.
There were too many main characters. I couldnt develop a personal relationship with anyone throughout the book, because as soon as they did something intriguing, we didnt see them again for a few chapters. And it didnt help that Edward seemed to intentionally distance us from some of his more interesting characters, for instance by referring to the President as POTUS rather than, say, just his last name. I found that to be off-putting, and it forcibly took me out of the book on a number of occasions.
It seemed clear to me that Edward understood where he was starting, and where he wanted to end, and forced his characters to walk straight along that path, even if it resulted in some really unnatural actions and choices. The book didnt flow easily or realistically, character development was jerky and sudden, and I ended with the impression of characters as puppets, not as people to whom I could, or could want to, relate.
There is, I think, a difference between storytelling and writing. The storytelling could have gone somewhere But the writing absolutely held it back.
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