ARC Review: The Mountain of Kept Memory by Rachel Neumeier

Posted October 28, 2016 by Jamie in Reviews // 0 Comments

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ARC Review: The Mountain of Kept Memory by Rachel NeumeierThe Mountain of Kept Memory by Rachel Neumeier
Published by Saga Press on November 8th 2016
ISBN: 1481448943
Pages: 448
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In this gorgeous fantasy in the spirit of Guy Gavriel Kay and Robin McKinley, a prince and a princess must work together to save their kingdom from outside invaders…and dangers within.

Long ago the Kieba, last goddess in the world, raised up her mountain in the drylands of Carastind. Ever since then she has dwelled and protected the world from unending plagues and danger…

Gulien Madalin, heir to the throne of Carastind, finds himself more interested in ancient history than the tedious business of government and watching his father rule. But Gulien suspects that his father has offended the Kieba so seriously that she has withdrawn her protection from the kingdom. Worse, he fears that Carastind’s enemies suspect this as well.

Then he learns that he is right. And invasion is imminent.

Meanwhile Gulien’s sister Oressa has focused on what’s important: avoiding the attention of her royal father while keeping track of all the secrets at court. But when she overhears news about the threatened invasion, she’s shocked to discover what her father plans to give away in order to buy peace.

But Carastind’s enemies will not agree to peace at any price. They intend to not only conquer the kingdom, but also cast down the Kieba and steal her power. Now, Gulien and Oressa must decide where their most important loyalties lie, and what price they are willing to pay to protect the Kieba, their home, and the world.


Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book.

Jamie’s Review

DNF @ 23%

I requested this one because the premise sounded ah-mazing to me. A princess and a prince work together to save their kingdom from total destruction plus there is magic involved? Sign me UP. However, the writing in this one was so dense and, honestly, quite bad, that I couldn’t force myself to continue reading it.

Not only did the story slowly trudge along after an initial burst but the writing was just not good. Paragraphs would be dedicated to saying the same thing over and over in slightly different ways. It was like when you know you need more words for your essay but have nothing else to say. I think maybe the writing was trying to be somewhat Purple Prose-y but it failed completely. I had such a hard time getting to this percentage to be honest so I just am not going to move forward.

I thought the characters were awkwardly written. They were supposed to be in their 20s and were acting like they were 15/16. It was the worst characterization I’ve seen in a long time. And Oressa was just so annoying and quite frankly a bitch. She seemed to think one thing but then act in a completely different way. Especially at the end (of my reading) where she was so gung ho about knocking her father off of his throne. Like the siblings were basically planning murder then were like “no that’s too savage, let’s just throw him in the desert” like ???

And I’m not really sure how the plot was going to tie together because it was a little bit all over the place. It seems like everything that is talked about in the summary happened within this first 20% and there wasn’t much else to really happen? Sure they had to secure the kingdom but there was a good 300 pages left in my read and it should NOT take them that long to do so. Also they let the invaders go pretty easily. Gulien was like “bro you gotta go” and Bro was like “okay fine” and he just left? And there was no issue? Which, you know, makes ZERO SENSE. But whatever.

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Overall

Go straight to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

About Rachel Neumeier

Rachel Neumeier started writing fiction to relax when she was a graduate student and needed a hobby unrelated to her research. Prior to selling her first fantasy novel, she had published only a few articles in venues such as The American Journal of Botany. However, finding that her interests did not lie in research, Rachel left academia and began to let her hobbies take over her life instead.

She now raises and shows dogs, gardens, cooks, and occasionally finds time to read. She works part-time for a tutoring program, though she tutors far more students in Math and Chemistry than in English Composition.

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