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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Review: The Unrivalled Spangles by Karen Wallace

Nicola Morgan doesn't find Karen Wallace writing at her best in The Unrivalled Spangles...

the main characters seem imperfectly nailed down. I found myself having to re-read sections to understand why a character said something. Ellen's "But Edward's a gentleman! I can't possibly meet him on my own," contradicts her determination on the previous page to do just that. Her "So I'm a circus girl with ideas above her station?" is a non sequitur. Lucy's endearing contrition and fragility on one occasion near the beginning feel incongruous against her relentless fury and strength during the rest of her story. And some characters' reactions to the shocking incident in the middle of the book simply didn't ring true for me. Effort spent trying to decipher dissonant behaviour or dialogue spoil the smoothness of an otherwise well-oiled ride.

Since I haven't read this book yet, I can't comment on this review, other than to observe, in Wallace's defence, that characters behave inconsistently all the time in real life and I imagine her response to the observations above would be, "So... ...?"

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