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Dervishes by Beth Helms
I thought this book would be an interesting read with fully fleshed out characters and a mesmerizing plot. I was very disappointed. The character development was shallow; the characters were all cardboard figures with no depth and very superficial dialogue. The writing style was difficult to follow. I kept wondering when Ms Helms would get to the point of the novel. I was confused much of the time. I found myself having to go back to what I had read previously in order to understand what I was reading in the present. The author didn't provide many details about the country and the city where the action takes place. I thought that would be integral to the story. I think the author did not achieve what she had set out to do; namely, to show the intrigue and deception that was supposed to be at the heart of the novel. I had to force myself to keep reading it, I finished the book, however, I just skimmed the last ten pages or so. I would not recommend this book to anyone.