Monday, October 31

Book Review: Castle of Otranto

Title: The Castle of Otranto 

Author: Horace Walpole 

Pages: EBook (Approx 148) 

Summary: The bizarre accident that claims the life of Manfred's only son on the day of that young man's wedding, makes Manfred search for a connection with the ancient prophecy about the castle and its family. 

My Rating: 7.25/10 

What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't what I was expecting, especially compared to other books in the genre. 

I loved the writing and how the author set up the atmosphere of the story - I think it's safe to say it was my favourite aspect of the book. The author did a great job at creating the gothic backdrop for the story. It grabbed my attention right away and I was able to engross myself in the writing and flow of the story. But as the story progressed I began to lose interest, the first half of the book went great, but by the end I began to lose interest with the story. 

The characters weren't that spectacular and they didn't have that extra push to keep me interested in their well being. There didn't seem to be a climax to the story, and no big reveal to keep the reader interested. Yes the way the story was told was lovely, but for a gothic tale, a popular one at that, I expected more from it. 

It's worth reading, but it isn't the best of the genre. 

Would I recommend it to read: I would, it isn't the best, but it was an okay story to read. 

What to read next: I try some of Ann Randcliffes books. 

Challenges: 11 in 11100+ Challenge1001 Books Challenge

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