02 April 2013

The Circle; Mats Strandberg

The Circle (The Engelsfors Trilogy, #1)The Circle by Mats Strandberg
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Long. Far too much going on, with too much padding/filler. Did I mention long?

The good stuff is that there is the Chosen One, only it's not really One it's Seven. They're called together after one of them dies (suicide? murder?) and start to learn their destiny. The problem, well, one problem anyway, is that their guide is somewhat confused and doesn't know what he's doing or why he's there: he just knows he's supposed to guide them. Another problem? Even though they're "Chosen", they don't like each other and don't want to work together.

Eventually they do start to - very grudgingly - work together and they learn that the person they think is responsible for the deaths of two of their members is actually a member of the Council (seriously less effective than Buffy's Council, and as a leader/teacher/guide not a worthy heir to Giles). Interspersed with this is a lot of digression into their daily lives, their relationships, their school and how run down their town, Engelsfors, is.

After such great Swedish horror as Let The Right One In and the mysteries of Nesbo and Lackburg, I was very disappointed in the rambling, the lack of focus and padding. There's a great core here but the rest makes it difficult to enjoy fully.

ARC provided by publisher.

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