That was incredibly disappointing. Strong star, bland but plenty of potential middle, ending was kinda terrible.
I think I got pointed at this because it was written by ponyfic author? I honestly don’t remember. Going into it completely blind was interesting. I didn’t even read the book description since I read it on my kindle and I normally keep the wifi turned off and unlike the pony fan fiction, bought stories need the internet to give me the blurb. So had no clue what I was getting into.
So, post world war one magic-tech society where world war 2 never happened was kind of cool. Main character some kind of thief with unique magical abilities, was certainly interesting. Got a little slow in the middle when she’s in the magic corporation floating city utopia being a experimental subject. Just kinda slice of life stuff, but without the character study or building for the most part. Then some character building happened and I was getting back into it.
Then the end happened and sort of big action end piece running on auto pilot with no real stakes or purpose until the end. Where a big deus ex machina, pretty much literally, stops everything and gives the main character and her surrogate little sister a happy ending. Boom, done. None of the cool worldbuilding pays off, none of the little dangling threads of what appeared to be foreshadowing lead anywhere.
Part of me suspects the author just didn’t have any clue how to end it so just kinda wrote a rushed end that wrapped everything up as simplistically as possible. We don’t even know what the heck the seven-pointed star was all about.
So, not recommended. Like I said. Was so disappointed. Not as bad as other books and there were interesting bits here and there. Just… Why didn’t those interesting bits go anywhere? Plus at one point the characterization of the main character literally contradicted itself.
To compare it with another story that I had something of a similar reaction to, Colony by Max Florschutz. That had gotten a similar reaction in that the beginning was cool, middle dragged, and end was a bit disappointing. Yet I never felt cheated by that story. The characters were cool and interesting all the way through and the ending had both tension and I got the feeling that the story, both the main characters and the colony’s stories, would continue and the events of the story would factor into the future of both. So… My review for Seven-Pointed Star is that you should go read Colony instead.