Darkwoods is the first book in the Darkwoods Series. It sets up the world that the Wraith Mice, the foxes, the otters and the squirrels live in. The book is about how one of the ruling foxes named Scythe dies and it sends their world into chaos. The foxes are attacking left and right and war is on the verge of breaking out.
To be honest, this book was very hard for me to get into. It's through the point of view of animals and they have this war going on, but I couldn't get into it. It was all very confusing. There were too many characters, and too many stories and it kept switching back and forth leaving me lost and confused. I also couldn't connect with the characters because they weren't that well described -- I accounted this to the fact that there were simply too many and too little space to introduce them all and give a good look into their mind. The story line was kind of blah except for certain part like the dreams that Zuryzel was having in the middle of the book. The writing and grammar were very well done but it was not for the younger ages like the preteens I don't think. The writing was too sophisticated for that.
I was so excited for this book and was severely let down. I'm hoping the next one would be better. It is well written but ended up not being my thing. At all. And I was so disappointed because I wanted to love this so much. The idea is very original and different.
|My rating: 2/5|
Pasadagavra is the second book in the Darkwoods Series. This book is about the war that is still raging on in the Darkwoods and Zuryzel's quest to end it. It follows along the same story line with new developments and adding some new characters back in with the ones from the first book.
It was a little better than Darkwoods, but still rather disappointing for me. Stahlfeld is a good writer, but everything is too overwhelming and chaotic. It's also rather hard to remember where you are in the story and what characters you're dealing with -- although a bit easier than the first. The story line picked up in this book and was definitely going along with more developments than the last book.
I wanted to like this one as well that would hopefully get me into the series and eradicate my dislike for the first one but it could not. It was better, but still not my thing. I really wanted it to be but again, very creative ideas were cropping up in the book and this writer writes way beyond her years. The way she writes is a very classical style to it and it's something I wouldn't think an eighteen year old could produce!
|My rating: 2/5|