Remember I was talking last time about Lord of Danger? Yeah, I take back any optimism I had about that. My hope now is that the amusement I'm feeling at how bad it is will coast me through to the finish line.
The premise is interesting--he's a mysterious court magician, educated, scheming--and she's a quiet, intelligent girl raised in a convent who's given to him in marriage by her wicked half-brother. He's evil, but not really; she's innocent, but ready to become worldly. Great setup, if somewhat cheesy writing.
But then...nothing. More of the same. They gaze, he longs, she burns. You need something else--court intrigue, conspiracies, some kind of event besides stilted conversations and uncomfortable dinners, with the occasional stolen kiss.
I've let go of a lot of books lately, but I think I'm going to stick this one out. Wish me luck.