DNF Book Review: The Key of Alanar

Posted February 4, 2016 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 2 Comments

DNF Book Review: The Key of AlanarThe Key of Alanar by Rory B. Mackay
Published by Blue Star Publishing on September 14th 2015
Genres: young adult, fantasy
Pages: 484
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

Lasandria: an ancient, advanced civilisation, consigned to oblivion by the greed and power-lust of its own people. The coming apocalypse heralds the arrival of a new evil that will ravage the world of Alanar for an entire age. Yet on the eve of Lasandria's destruction, the ethereal overseers of the mortal realm grant a dispensation -- a promise of hope for the future. That hope lies with an orphaned teenager named David, born some ten thousand years later; a boy whose isolated and uncertain existence leads him on a journey upon which hinges the fate of not just his world, but countless others. On the run from a brutal military force, David's quest is one born of shattered dreams and tainted by the thirst for revenge. As an inter-dimensional war that has been waged since the beginning of time threatens to consume his world, the dark force that destroyed Lasandria lurks in the shadows, ready to take possession of the one thing that will either save or destroy Alanar -- David.

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Am I like the only one who feels my heart breaking every time I had to DNF a book? It’s like putting down a dog. SIGH. But I really thought I could go on reading this book, such that I only decided to DNF it at 67%. Every single turn of the page seemed to bring the rating of the star lower and lower, until I shake my head and slowly close the whole book.

The story line progression was really really slow and super descriptive such that I had to reread certain paragraphs just to understand what the author was trying to convey. It seemed like the author was so concentrated on the details of the world-building, such that the story halted for very long at certain moments. And I do understand that each story has to have their own problems so that it can be solved (or not), but having WAY TOO MUCH problems in one book is very very exhausting, especially if each problem is similar to one another and seemed to be never-ending. Example, one goes into the forest, gets captured by barbarians, managed to escape to the ship, only to get captured by something else. OH MY GOD. I kept rolling my eyes, because really, it’s like this whole book was doused in bad luck water or something. I was pretty much getting tired of the constant gloom that surrounded the characters, who always doubted themselves.

There was no character development at all. The main character was supposed to be nineteen years old but he seemed way too childish. I kept forgetting that he was nineteen, and instead thought he was fifteen, because his attitude showed that way. He kept giving up so easily, was selfish and cranky at times, even up till the end. I was finally really frustrated as the story did not seem to be progressing. Instead, at 67%, it was at a standstill. *closes book*


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