I enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time Book 1) quite a bit more than I expected to after my disappointment witI enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time Book 1) quite a bit more than I expected to after my disappointment with the New Spring graphic novel. The only frustrating thing is that they are being produced so slowly. I would love to "reread" the series (up to where I left off) in this new form, but despite publication of the first graphic novel volume back in 2011, there are still only four published volumes, and that's still only covering part of the first book in the series. Thought you waited long for the original series? It seems it will be decades upon decades before the graphic novel series is complete (if ever). Too bad. But I'll still enjoy reading the four that are out so far....more
Like The Lost Gate, this second book in the series was just okay. The novel continues following the adventures of Danny North--a self-discovered gatemLike The Lost Gate, this second book in the series was just okay. The novel continues following the adventures of Danny North--a self-discovered gatemage (and the most powerful that has ever existed, apparently)--as he learns more about his powers, the history of the god-like mages of Westil, and the dangers that still lurk on Earth. Wad, the Westilian gate thief, also shares page-time--gaining a manmage as an ally and plotting ways to get revenge on his once-lover, Queen Becksoi. (Sorry if I misspelled this. These books made such little impact, apparently, that I can't even Google to find the correct spelling of the character names.)
As usual, Danny's storyline dragged, taking us a dull step by even duller step as he makes one discovery after another about something or other that I just really don't care about. In Card's afterward, he talks about the challenge and careful balance that must be struck when having the reader learn about magery through and at the same time as his protagonist. In my opinion, he is highly unsuccessful at striking that balance.
Wad's storyline, on the other hand, was intriguing as usual. And I enjoyed when Wad's and Danny's stories briefly intersected. I would prefer that the Mither Mages series were just about Wad. But, alas, boring they must be instead.
On the whole, the novel limps along. There are definitely some good moments, thanks to Wad and Innonoe (again, spelling, sorry). I think I've had my fill of Card and, in particular the audio reader of all Card's books, Stefan Rudnicki, for at least the rest of 2013. But I will plan on reading the next in the series, when it comes out....more
Stonefather follows Runnel, a backwater country bumpkin who leaves his past life and uncaring family behind to discover the world and, in particularlyStonefather follows Runnel, a backwater country bumpkin who leaves his past life and uncaring family behind to discover the world and, in particularly, the great capital city of Mitherhome. His first 24 pages of wanderings are rather unremarkable, but once he meets the young serving woman of the only stonemage in Mitherhome (in a city ruled by watermages), things start to happen. He finds a place, himself, working for the stonemage and eventually comes to recognize his own affinity for stone as something more than natural.
This novella prequel to Card's Mithermages series (The Lost Gate, etc.) was very slow to start, and I thought I'd be dredging the whole way. But it thankfully picked right at the bottom of page 24, and continued on pretty excellently after that. If the beginning of the story hadn't been such a drag, and the romantic bit hadn't felt so tacked on at the end, I would have rated the story with four stars. Three-fourths of the story was definitely four-star worthy....more