I was digging through my big box of books to review and saw House Name by Michelle West, which is the third book in The House War series. I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover but this cover is kinda cool and it’s why I chose this to be my next book. After reading a few pages, I smacked myself for judging. I’d been way wrong.
The House War series centers on the most popular character in The Sun Sword series: a young woman named Jewel, who survives both the everyday perils of being an orphan in the slums of the city of Averalaan, and the demonic dangers of the Undercity, and who rises to become a key figure in House Terafin, the most important of the Ten Houses of the Essalieyan Empire. At the close of The Sun Sword series, the House War is about to begin. Now, at last, that story can be told.
There’s a prologue in this book with no dialog, only a couple quotes. Which is fine except it was one very long run on sentence after another. Four pages in I couldn’t tell you anything on what I just read; I was so confused by all the weird, boring and lengthy descriptions. I skipped the prologue and went straight to Chapter One. I was bound and determined I’d read at least one chapter before I gave up entirely. I’m not halfway through that chapter and I can’t do anymore. Descriptions are so very long I can’t get a good picture of anything, but the dialog between characters is mostly short and choppy sentences…
If you enjoy run on sentences and that kind of Jane Austin, old school writing, then you may enjoy House Name.
Also reviewed by: Bitten by Books