Rebel Fay (Noble Dead Saga: Series 1 #5)
Desperate to free his mother from a caste of ruthless elven assassins, Leesil pushes on through the mountains at t ...more
That said, sometimes I wanted to smack Leesil very hard for how often his obsession with finding and rescuing his mother from c ...more
If you've gotten far enough in the Noble Dead series to get to this, the fifth book, then it's likely that you don't need too much convincing to read on. In many ways, this was the best yet. Our vampire friends Welstiel and Chane, while pivotal to the arc of the series, were becoming a bit tiresome and repetitive in their obsessions, so I'm glad that Rebel Fay doesn't center on them. Instead, the action moves into new territory, literally and figuratively, as our protagonists journey into the El...more
Leesil discovers his real name, and what it means; Magiere has to face a huge barrel of conflicting futures and emotions; Chap and Wynn actually have a proper part to play, like the last couple of books have been building to this one. And the elves are written well: much of their lang ...more
The characters are unique and engaging, and the author has done a good job developing them. Even the "bad guys" have interesting, twisted back-stories. Politics, racism, power, and greed drive them.
If you start this series, be prepared to be ...more
World Building: We learn a lot more about the Elves. Including why they have such disdain for humans. I really liked the naming ritual / activity for the elves – the ancestors were a nice touch.
I also like the concept that only humans can be turned into undead.
Narrative: The pacing was fairly well done with onl ...more
In this book Leesil, Magiere, Wynn, and Chap make their way into the elvish lands to find and rescue Leesil's mother who is being held captive by the very elves she was working for. As you can imagine upon entering the elvish land things start to get complicated. The party run into a number of elves that they have meet before. They are granted guardianship by Sgaile and Leesil fi ...more
Readers gain a a fair amount of information about the things going on in this story line, but I do feel like this book never really picks up in the way of action like previous books did.
While I like the character of Sgaile, I do NOT like Osha and I'm not super thrilled that he even exists. However, that is merely a personal preference that I'm sure others will disagree with me on.
This book is one ...more
Leesil is still a killjoy, and will be for as long as I can tell, even after finding his long lost mother Cuirin'nena (Nein'a ...more
One of the things that made it take longer than it should have for me to catch up and get into the characters is that the point of view changes frequently and without warning. Add to that the unnecessarily unpronounceable names and I nearly gave up on it.
Once I finally had the characters straightened out, the ma ...more
It was interesting to see Chap and Leesil among their own kinds. Leesil's homecoming worked better for me than Seregil's in Lynn Flewelling's Traitor's Moon, though I suspect that's because I spent ...more
I really like how the history of the forgotten war is slipped in via (stolen by Chap) memories of the Old Man of the Tree (that's my name for him, anyway, LoL!)... and how more pieces of the puzzle are slowly falling into place... I am *really* looking forward to Child of a Dead God, the final book in this series.
I hear there's a spin-off series alrea ...more
That isn't necessarily a bad thing as the plot advances further in one novel than it has in any two others.
But it's still hampered by a writing style that I find a bit irritating. It's always tell, don't show. And the characters don't TALK to each other in ways that most human beings that I know do.
Sappy, sentimental, sometimes contrived, it's still interesting enough for me to not downgrade it to 2 st ...more
This installment does not disappoint. As the series nears its end the pace picks up a bit, and it seems to change point of view more then I remember in the past books. Less emphasis is ...more
Can't wait for the ...more
I cannot wait for the next book and I am just trying to figure out how this story is all going to end. But they have done a great job with the series so far and I a still enjoyed this one just as much as the other books. What started as a vampire ...more
The fights were also lacking, I thought, in contrast to previous volumes. Some of them seemed just tossed in, with no real poi ...more
The elves are mostly hateful, which is a problem since they are more the center of attention than Magiere and co.
I'm not sure why they even bothered including the Chane and Welstiel bits this time around, they seem like almost an afterthought and only succeed in slowing the story down.
That being said, I still love the characters and the authors and I am excited to move onto the next volume!
It most parts, I absolutely loved this book. The only part that was irritating is that the jumping back to Westiel and Chane did not really seem to need to be in this book at and did not add anything interesting. Also, Leesil acting in such a crazed way was a little much, but overall learning the history of Leesil's heritage and furthering the develop of characters like Chap made for a very quick and enjoyable read.
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