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Full-Blood Half-Breed by Cleve Lamison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
[NO SPOILERS] I was "all in" until I finished the last page, let me tell you.
Every layer of the world-building, from people to places to things to languages, was top-notch and well thought out. It is quite a complicated world that Cleve has drawn, yet his consistency and identifiable languages helps the reader to catch on. Characterization, A+. Plot, Thumbs up.
I had decided to dog-ear each page that contained a phenomenal turn of phrase that caught my eye; a third of the way through the book, I stopped that practice because I realized I was dog-earring practically every other page, ha ha. I loved the way Cleve took non-human things and gave them a human quality, here and there. A perfect example of that: Winter squatting on the horizon. That, folks, is a winner.
I did feel that the pacing mid-story slowed down a bit, but at the same time, I don't think it could be helped. I saw nothing extraneous that could have been left out, and the story never lost me. When the beef between the two main characters finally came to a head, it was well worth the wait! I remember collapsing back in my chair and saying, "HAVE MERCY" out loud when it was over. LOL
The climax and the ending came at the perfect spot, in my opinion. I was satisfied while also hoping for more, future-wise. I enjoyed this read, and I suspect other readers have too.
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