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“The Scar” – S. & M. Dyachenko

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This is a review of the book “The Scar” by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko

Brash, confident, and an egotistical philanderer, Egert is the perfect picture of a young man of his town. But when an innocent duel ends up in an accidental death his troubles have barely started. Cursed with a scar and cowardice, Egert must now set out on a quest to rebuild himself and perhaps even save the world.

I love that Egert Soll started out as a completely cocky bastard and that he became an utter coward. He was truly smashed to bits and had to build himself up again throughout the story. He learns in a rather painful way just how insignificant that he truly is in the big picture of things. The girl who causes all of Egert’s troubles, Toria, really does hate him and doesn’t fall for him the second he does something good, and “The Wanderer” is a mystery that I would have loved to learn more about.

I loved the idea presented in the book, however, there were a few things that annoyed me.

The start of the book where they humiliate Egert Soll was a bit too long, just a bit, and they keep on referring to him as ‘lieutenant’ in various variations as if we would ever forget that. Also, despite everything that actually happens in the story, the only thing that truly happens to Egert Soll is the curse of cowardice and a minor happening of having pebbles thrown after him and being chased away from a village by the local hedge-witch. Everything else, the truly serious stuff, happens to the people around him. That is really annoying.

The omniscient writing felt a bit preachy, and then there was the pacing of the book. It was thoroughly annoying. Something happened and you sit at the edge of your seat because it really is interesting, but then for a long while nothing new happens at all and the excitement trickles off into nothing. This happens again and again and again, and the slow portions of the book were just too slow to actually grab my attention.

Usually I have no problems finishing a four-hundred page book, but in the end I just couldn’t finish this one. Maybe I will try again at a later point in time.

It is a good book, and I do recommend it, I just also recommend that one has a lot of patience with the pacing.

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