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Review: Cold Counsel

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Cold Counsel
Cold Counsel by Chris Sharp
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

DNF at 21%.
This one just isn’t catching my imagination.
It’s always an interesting conceit to tell a story from the point of view of a “bad guy.” However, while Slud the troll is indubitably a “bad guy,” he’s merely thuggish and brutal, rather than interesting. He’s also rather dim-witted, and doesn’t seem to possess any personal motivation: his quest for revenge is merely something that he’s been trained into by his ‘foster-mother,’ Agnes.
Agnes could be an interesting character, but rather than being a mortal individual consumed by loss and bitterness, she seems to be some sort of avatar of a supernatural being, with the result that she feels extremely flat and opaque.

I have to admit that while reading the prologue, I found myself hoping that the narrative would switch to another point of view for the main story. But, it didn’t, and after checking other reviews, it seems that the whole book sticks with Slud. Unfortunately, I’m not sticking with him…

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