Lioness of KellLioness of Kell by Paul E. Horsman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a mixture of high points blended with mediocre points. For a YA reader I would expect high ratings and rave reviews. There is more undesirable language than I’d want in my reads along with a fair bit of hinting at intercourse. The writing is solid and for the most part well formed with only a few minor issues that shouldn’t bother the majority of readers. The world-building is very nicely done. I am not thrilled with the characters in that while they are clearly thought through they are secondary to the events that surround them. This makes it difficult to connect with any of them and makes the read feel more like reading about a game than investing into a tale. The first couple chapters are a bit of a chore to get through but once past all the introductions it does get better. I’m not sure why the author decided to name the book after a female character only to spend more time with the male characters. Some of the demeaning dialogue is over-the-top and feels less developed. Overall this is a great book for those who love to read about characters you might find in an RPG or readers who prefer YA books.