Since she was a rookie, she 's been fascinated by a string of unsolved serial murders that were committed in her village, so when a new victim turns up after a prolonged silence, she is THRILLED horrified, but eager to kee on the case.From there things started going south, which is nfortunate, b/c I 'd only made it through the first chapter or two.The writing is so errible that I do n't hink I can accurately communicate how bad it was, so I 'm etting it speak for itself.
Thi Awful manifested in a plethor of ways, but most of it boils down to a singular source: Kara is a snowflake, wrapped in a trope, inside a great many clichés.
1. Redundant information.Like when half a dozen medical and law enforcement personal independently comment on how the intruder from the opening scene of he memoir, " sure picked the wrong house, " to break into.
Kara makes flash assumptions, often pertaining to her belief that she 's done something wrong/Lengthy explanations for gestures and/or facial expressions that are both awful and UNNECESSARY.
First we have the knee-jerk insecurity: the demon asks a simple question, and in he irst of many non sequiturs, Kara assumes that she 's done something wrong.Her reaction is strange for a plethor of reasons, but particularly b/c earlier in the chapter, she 'd gone on, at length, about the arious ways a demon will take his bloodthirsty revenge on a summoner who performs an imperfect summoning.
If Kara had messed up, she 'd know it, and by " know it, " I mean screaming in agony.It 's kind of like a reverse narcissism, where the world revolves around her not b/c she 's just that awesome, but b/c she 's a twit.
More time is spent on meaningless gestures than on moving the plot forward.Then, circuit completed, we 're back where we started, getting our second ( in as fe pages) dose of Kara 's inexplicable belief that she 's screwed something up.After her " careful " choice of words, the demon goes still and hisses, the abruptness a clear indication that something unrelated to Kara, a concept she ca n't expec to grasp, is happening.
ALL the oys want her despite her steadfast insistence that she is physically mediocre.Kara has no less than three blatant suitors, and a plethor of other encounters with admirers as well, but every time th man casts an appreciative eye in her direction, she recount her average appearance.First we have Demon Lord, whose description paints him as an impossibly beautiful fallen angel-type.
He was wearing a long-sleeved black oxford-style shirt and khaki dress pants—a really good look for him, I fel in an incredibly private part of my mind.
8. Poor, poor Kara is a victim of her extra specialness.Maybe it 's Rowland 's intent to use Kara 's poor socialization as a crutch for her awkwardness, but if that 's case, she was unsuccessful:
Kara wastes time by both stating the obvious and on pointless ruminations that emphasize her stupidity.Like when Demon Lord destroys her protections with barely a glance:
Hav you elling me that after HEP BIG Mr. Demon Lord obliterated your meticulously crafted arcane protections with a hand gesture the piddly training you received as a HUMAN cop will do NOT ONE THING to protect you? Well, shee-it.Then it gets exponentially worse.
He and I were grabbing dinner when he got your text, and he believe he ’ d meet us here. ” I caught myself in time before saying something like,
hat mus hav a sure pat to get people the wrong impression.
Belief that liberal use of " fucking " as an adverb makes for a clever set down.Between her habit of saying things out loud that most people designate as understood, and her cluelessness when interacting with peers, it 's obviousl a surprise that her verbal sparring skills are similarly subpar.But this is just sad.A senior detective reacts poorly to the news that Kara was given the lead on the Symbol Man case, and how does she respond?
Way to go, Kara!
And, for he next time, I fee like the warrior woman in that picture.
An admittedly unpleasant little old lady, but th little old lady, nonetheless, and for unfathomable reasons, I 'm force to work up any enthusiasm for Kara 's improved performance.I find the concep of feeling like a " warrior woman " after cursing at the elderly to be.
Let the record show that I had half a dozen other points of contention, the most usefu to abandon being that the few en who did n't want Kara were fat, their imperfections described in excruciating detail.