Jun 222011

The Rafters (Somnambulist Saga #1) by AC Montgomery
Rating: 2/5
Source: Review copy from Intrasomnium Publishing via Netgalley
Links: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads, Book’s website

The Rafters: Book 1 of the Somnambulist Saga visits an arcane world, where at crucial intervals, Callings of varying power and purpose, are brought into being to reside among the somns, who are the usual inhabitants. Despite their significance, every Calling must rely on a Messenger, an exclusively selected guardian who is the only person with the knowledge to bring him or her to the discovery of their true identity. Rhyus Delmar is a young Calling who, due to memory loss, finds himself running ever further from his Messenger, in a vain attempt to discover his true identity. (from Goodreads)

You will notice that I didn’t write my own summary. That’s because I couldn’t figure out the main plotline while reading the book. There were a lot of characters who connect at different times, but there didn’t seem to be any overriding plot. Also, I didn’t even realize that Rhyus is the main character until I reread the summary.

This is a very heavy book, and not just because it is over 500 pages. It has a very somber, weighty feel to the writing. I found it difficult to stay involved, and I couldn’t jump into it during my spare minutes.

The characters were a mixed bunch. They were all fairly well developed, but there were a lot of them. The story followed at least 7 different people at various times. I also found that there weren’t any “good guys” or “villains” exactly. Only Marion seemed to stand out as a good guy. Everyone else seemed to be a shade of grey, whether it was on the lighter or darker end of the colour. It is great to see non-cookie cutter characters, but it was hard to discern who to cheer for.

Overall, this is a unique read, but it wasn’t for me. The plotline was too abstract and there were too many characters who didn’t stand out to me. If you enjoy somber literature, this may be a good story to try.

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