Wednesday, 15 May 2013
The Court Painter's Apprentice
"The group agreed that 'The Court Painter's Apprentice' was not necessarily a bad read. It was short and easy going. However, our group found the length of the book a problem. Characters felt underdeveloped and many potential storylines were cut off and unexplored.
The writer likes to cut to the chase, for a younger reader that style is perfect, but for our group the lack of detail was disappointing. That's not to say the description was poor, it was evocative and sensuous, particularly the description of the activity of painting.
The book really lost its appeal when the writer developed the supernatural elements, where the artists power became more than that of the skill of depiction.
Overall the book was given a 6/10."