Date: 2016-09-19 02:17 pm (UTC)
I think I know the bit you mean (it's actually toward the end of the sixth book, where Arithon is going through a certain maze and is forced to relive all the events he found traumatizing, with added perspective he didn't know before). I think it's only maybe 15% of the book, not half, but I can understand why it felt much longer. It worked for me because it's the catalyst for a major change/growth in Arithon's character, and I think that change might have felt too fast/easy if the full process had not been shown. But I can definitely see it's a matter of taste. I think a lot of choices Wurts makes in writing the series are polarizing (from the style of her writing, to the slow build of each arc, to scenes like the one you mention). In a way, that's what makes the series great. Safe choices make for forgettable books. Wurts's choices mean that her series won't work for everyone, but for the readers for whom it does work, it REALLY works. (Reminds me of the old saw about how if half your critique group loves your story and the other half HATES it, that's when you know you have a truly great story that'll win awards.)
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