I couldn't find myself connecting with, or even liking, any of the characters in Wildefire. I blame this somewhat on the writing style: third person, flowery and decorated excessively. While that kind of writing could appeal to some people, to me, it only took away from the story by describing things in excess that weren't relevant to the plot.
The paranormal aspect of the book was played down. It took around half the book to reach it, and then, the news that they were gods/goddesses was just dropped on them without much explanation. And then they just accepted that, and took next to no time to get accustomed to the fact.
The pacing also provided a problem for me. The beginning 75 pages gave an in-depth backstory to Ash that wasn't proportionate to how important it was to the plot. And then, while the main drama was foreshadowed, it didn't occur until the very ending.
|I sketched you a graph of drama against time. Note major complication tacked onto the end. Also note the hook on the end. Cliffhanger.|
Another thing that annoyed me about this book was how things would happen that should prove a big problem to the protagonist didn't even develop into subplots, or even get mentioned again. I guess they're introduced to be expanded upon in further books, but it felt like those events were just ignored.
While I liked the premise, and the fact that Knight incorporated mythology from so many different cultures, I couldn't like the execution.
I give Wildefire a 2 out of 5.
P.S. I think I might make Drama vs. Time graphs for everything I review now.