The set-up of this book intrigued me: Strange undersea artifacts, unexplained maritime phenomena, scientists and ship captains as main characters. The book continued to be very imaginative, but it turned more Tolkienesque and lost a bit of its beginning uniqueness.
I found myself very distracted by the numerous comma splices, especially the ones where the punctuation made it hard to interpret. Example: "The dwarves and Irina were already running at full pelt, feeling useless he followed as fast as he could." At first I thought "feeling useless" modified Irina and the dwarves running, so I had to stop and read it again. This structure tripped me up over and over.
Another confusion arose from the lack of commas before the names of people addressed directly. "We must leave Dirck" is entirely different than "We must leave, Dirck." Or, in the more famous example:
Other than the comma issues, the work was well edited and nearly free of errors, with some very nicely written passages.
I really cared about Gemma, Dirck, Aarte, and Irina, whose personalities and desires were very clear to me, and whose happiness I wanted to see, but some of the many other characters blurred together.
I enjoyed the creative descriptions and explanations of vampires and rangers.
The ending was very well structured and satisfying. If you like action scenes and epic fantasy, try this book.
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Warning: explicit adult situations