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Song in the Silence by Elizabeth Kerner

Song In The Silence: The Tale of Lanen Kaelar (Tor fantasy) - Elizabeth Kerner

So many books, so little time! I think I am done with this one, not so much because after 70 pages very little had happened as because the protagonist is just too stupid to live. She finds out that she might be the daughter of a guy who's promised to sacrifice the life of his firstborn child in exchange for power. Mere days after this revelation, she decides it would be a good idea to hang out with a strange older man who seems unduly interested in her (we've already established that she's not that attractive, but looks a lot like her mom), and who shares at least some of the traits of this villain as he's been described to her. Not only that, she tells him exactly when she was born! You know, just so he can confirm that she was in fact conceived at the right time to be his offspring. This woman is 24 years old! I'm quite sure I had more sense than that at half her age.

I was also amused at the very long conversation that establishes all this backstory - or more precisely, the fact that while it took me about half an hour to read, it apparently took the characters all day to have. How slowly do these people talk?