You've made me put this at the bottom of the TBR pile
Yep. I've had a copy for a while, but the size of it was a bit of a deterrent (plus the fact I couldn't finish Storm Front, and steampunk is hit or miss for me). So I've been waiting to hear reactions before investing time to read it. Sounds meh, I'll keep it on the TBR, as I'll never really know until I read it, but it's likely so far down that I don't see myself reading any time/year soon.
I honestly didn't find the size a hindrance. I mean, to me it was a fast read. It took me in, and despite some aggravating and eye rolling moments, I read along without truly tiring of it.
It's sufficiently fast paced and action based.
But, at the end, it's like a meal that went down properly, but still manages to leave you hungry : the character development wasn't there, even the magic was only hinted at, and by no means limited or developed as you'd wish (I mean, it falls awkwardly between 'explained' and 'mysterious', sort of not respecting Sanderson's laws, which are becoming more and more correct in my eyes), ect.
On the very first chapters, I almost put the bloody book down because of the voice given by the narration of what's-her-name-elisabeth? - man, she comes across as SUCH an unrealistic character!
Butcher tries to sell you a young lady of strong character, fine breeding, and intelligent and sharp, through a big tantrum provoked in the most obvious ways with the most ridiculous ploys by her mother.
You know the trick of reversed psychology? Pulling on the cow's tail to make it want to go forward?
How impressed with a character are you when she fails to see how obviously her tail's being pulled, who is made to not know things that have been public knowledge since before her birth? It made her a petulant character reacting instead of acting, and falling in such an implausible scheme that it bode ill for the rest of the book.
It's the worst bit I think character-wise. After that it's just a lot of not caring. Even the Captain Grim fell short for me, because he's too damn perfect. Too good, too valiant, too proper. Now that I'm busy re-reading Master and Commander, I sure see the difference. A good, valiant captain is still meant to be a flawed human, especially in corps like the navy.
In the end it's easy to criticise, easy to be disappointed, but it read itself in 3-4 days. (though I've got no family to be pestered by