My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book has a good plot and a strong theme but many of the good points are buried in a heap of adjectives and jargon. Even if she had used big words all the way, most of us would have been okay with this but the combination of multiple adjectives, it was a strain on the reader and the characters.
A previous reviewer has pointed out in the description, "This is wonderful writing, with some great words, descriptive words and written in old British English," but this isn't quite the case. Dickens and even Shakespeare were easier to understand than some text this author used. The old cat man recommends that the author include this in her description early on to prepare readers and to remove as many adjectives as she can. Old English isn't everyone's cup of tea and this is probably going to catch some people off guard.
The multiple time frames were pulled off seamlessly and for this Sebastiana Randone deserves applause. Many time travel writers don't do a good job with this and readers are left stuck between time zones but in The House, the reader is introduced to the many characters and taken on a journey of wonders and love.
I recommend this read to anyone who would like to give Old English a try.
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