Saeculum - Ursula Poznanski, Christine Bredenkamp

I just finished reading Saeculum by Ursula Poznanski. Unfortunately, I didn't like this book at all. I found it boring and the characters unsympathetic and the plot rather pointless. Maybe I would have felt differently at another time, but as it was, I was really disappointed. Especially since this is a big, thick book that cost a lot to buy. I'd been looking forward to reading it for a long time. I'd already read another book by the same author, Erebos, and loved it so naturally I assumed I'd like other books by her. Oh, well, these things happen.

For someone who might like this kind of book, I'll just briefly go into the plot.

Bastian is a medical student who has trouble relating to his manipulative father. He meets a pretty girl who gets him interested in medieval reenactments, historic fairs, that sort of thing. She talks him into coming along on a live game playing thing somewhere far from civilisation. When they get there, things start to go wrong. Is it really possible that an old curse is causing all the troubles the group is experiencing?

Unfortunately, the story never gets very exciting, at least not to me. I read the book in a Swedish translation that I really didn't like. It made me question the translator's qualifications. Usually, it's the other way around, a translation can actually make a book seem better than it is.  So all in all, I'd say this book was a failure from beginning to end. I don't usually even review under these circumstances, but after reading this long book, I felt I wanted to have my say about it.

For someone else, it might still be an interesting book, but personally, I just want to forget I wasted time and money on it.

 

Edit: I just checked out the reviews on Goodreads and now I really wish I'd done that before I bought the book... :/