The World of Troodainia
Posted January 8th, 2013 by rebecca
A Book Review by Rebec
in Rivendell, the only place in Middle Earth that gets Wi-Fi
I dislike science fiction, so it's good only mentions portals a few times, which is forgivable. If they had gone on and on about stupid technology I would have died of boredom. Thankfully it did not and I could get on with reading the book.
Amber, short for Ambretta, fell into the portal whilst protecting her awkwardly named dog, Lion. As you do, she found herself on a planet called Ectroi, which is amazingly similar to Earth. It's another example of her family's amazing bad luck - her parents died, her brother is dead, she lives with her uncle. She is the best character in the entire thing, for obvious reasons.
So it begins with her father dying. Nice. And her moving to live with her rich scientist uncle. And her falling through a portal her created. Ectroi is virtually like Earth, only the continents are arranged differently, and humans do not exist. Instead, three major species' are at war with each other, which she learns when she rescues a young Troodon, Charlie. I, being a nerd, noticed Troodon is the name of an intelligent carnivorous dinosaur. But the languages of Truic and English do differ slightly, so I suppose the meaning we have is transferable. Amber saves Charlie from a trap, only to be completely distrusted by his family because she is human, and the only humans they have met were lunatics like the Spanish Conquistadors. So far, the edited version is not as long as I thought and I could have read it in one night quite easily, I am just supremely lazy. We have again met Heckata and Splice, but Splice's species, Hetashi they are now called, could do with a better name. I somehow preferred the old, unrealistic version to this. Amber is wanted by them because she is human, and they sent a Repteal to the magic human legend cave place that isn't magic, it just has a lot of artifacts and paintings related to humans, which the Troodons get Amber to described properly. They still do not trust her, but Charlie is her friend.
It's a five star book. The world is very well thought out, and the fact there is a reason Amber's real name is odd. I remember reading the old thing, and finding it good, but wanting to appreciate it from a distance. I did not think it was my type of thing. I was wrong, on many levels. I just will never find it perfect or flawless because it is not my type. If it were out of ten, it would sadly only make it to nine.
For the author:
Another name for Splice's evil dinosaurs, or a different name for him, what exactly does Troodon mean again, I want to know more about Troodon life, and more about the helper species. I did not see any grammar errors, because, as usual, I did not read in detail. Lazy I am.
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