I saw this book on Scalzi's blog in his big idea series. What the author had to say sounded quite intriguing.
This is a a modern, somewhat dark fantasI saw this book on Scalzi's blog in his big idea series. What the author had to say sounded quite intriguing.
This is a a modern, somewhat dark fantasy with which was definitely not a waste of time or money. I am however undecided about my recommendation. It's not a bad book: The ideas are good. The writing is good. I liked the protagonists. But the setting remained a bit bland to me, and I just didn't enjoy the ending and thus closed the book feeling as if it didn't deliver.
The story is set in a land split by a range of mountains. On one side, the "clans" live of timber trade. On the other side, their enemies, the "tribes" , are nomads who live on the steppe. The clans and the tribes are two sides of a coin and are opposites in many ways. They believe in the same gods for example but where the clans believe they should not attract their attention, the tribes think quite different. The setting is fantastic, but the fantastic elements are very light even while they play an important part in the story. There is a type of magic in the world that is called Necromancy and is abhorred by the clans and barely tolerated by the tribes. It gives power over souls (thus the name). The reader soon finds out that some time ago there was a major change power balance between clans and tribes.
The story starts with a woman who wakes up floating naked in an ice-cold river. She remembers nothing about herself - not even her name - or how she got there. All she knows that someone is after her. She's taken in by a local clan lord whose family just recently suffered tragedy. It's fun to see how they are highly suspicious of each other. From there the story develops into a mystery/intrigue with a tone that darkens the more the reader finds out about what happened in the past. There is a second story line which gives hints as to what happened in the past to cause the changes in the relations between tribes and clans.
I liked the guessing game around the identity of Umbra - that's how she decides to call herself. I wasn't sure until the very last minute who she was. I also found her ambiguity and worries about who she might be and that she might not be a good person interesting. But the amnesia dominated the beginning very much. In some place I thought it was just a bit too much.
The story line in the past and the way it influenced the present day was very well done.
The book was a solid 4* for two thirds, and then in the last third of the book, suddenly the pacing changes. Everything goes down way too fast - at least for me. There is way too little time to rest in between action scenes and I think I missed more than one detail. The many fight scenes left me quite breathless and not in the best of ways.
Also I am not sure I liked the way the finale went down. (view spoiler)[Umbra kills and un-kills everyone. Then dies. It's too smooth and to convenient. For all that went wrong, and all the wrong both she and the witch did in the past, this was not a satisfying ending for me. I expected something darker and at first it looked like total catastrophe only to completely turn around. That's just too much to take in for me. No middle-ground and none of the fascinating ambiguity I enjoyed in Umbra's character throughout the book (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Noch ein DSA Buch. Besser geschrieben als die Legende von Assarbad, aber auch diese Geschichte kommt nicht um einige Längen herum. Für die Kampagne koNoch ein DSA Buch. Besser geschrieben als die Legende von Assarbad, aber auch diese Geschichte kommt nicht um einige Längen herum. Für die Kampagne konnte ich hier nur einen Querverweis auf Abu Terfas mitnehmen. Na ja und ein bisschen über die Hintergründ von Altaia ... das kommt bei uns erst noch. ...more
Ich habe die Leitung unserer DSA Gruppe übernommen und leite zur Zeit die Borboarad Kampagne, somit gehört dieses Buch zur Spielabendvorbereitung. InhIch habe die Leitung unserer DSA Gruppe übernommen und leite zur Zeit die Borboarad Kampagne, somit gehört dieses Buch zur Spielabendvorbereitung. Inhaltlich war es tatsächlich für die Kampagne ganz interessant. Ansonsten würde ich es nicht unbedingt weiterempfehlen. Zwei verschiedene Handlungsstränge - einmal der von Tharsonius in der Vergangenheit und zum anderen der von Prinz Arkos in der Gegenwart - laufen mehr oder weniger parallel und ohne jegliche Verbindung ab. Der Schreibstil war ziemlich gewöhnungsbedürftig, recht holprig. Und voll mit gestelzten Referenzen auf das Spielsystem. ...more
This one is much longer than parts 1-4. And while goodreads shows there are more parts in the Fever series, the back of this one says it's the final bThis one is much longer than parts 1-4. And while goodreads shows there are more parts in the Fever series, the back of this one says it's the final book, and the ending sure says: "Story over, and everyone lived (un-)happily forever after ..."
I enjoyed the finale, there were some more and some less surprising turns and twists and in the end (view spoiler)[everyone got mostly what they deserved ... and it seems Barrons and Mac are getting a little happiness together, and that is the point where a good romance story ends - (I make exceptions for Outlander but that's it). And it is the reason I have not looked at other parts of this. (hide spoiler)]
When it's over it's over. While I ended up enjoying this more than I thought possible while reading Darkfever, I do not want to read further adventures of the same characters. The ending is reasonably good, brings closure for everyone and I do not want to know about new trouble in Dublin.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
While I do have trouble telling the books apart, I remember that this was the one with the awful cliffhanger in the end and I can only imagine reading this and having to wait for the next book to be published ... while it was clear to me (view spoiler)[whom she had just killed, I really was not sure if this was the kind of book where someone like Barrons could die or if there could be some kind of twist where he did not die (hide spoiler)].
In this I enjoyed the dynamic between Mac and Barrons quite a bit. Though to tell the truth I enjoyed Barrons - yes he's a jerk, but a fictional one, and that's the difference! - in all 5 books I read.
Somewhere in the end of this or book 3 is the most fun thing ever: a scene cut from the book which the author included with the following explanation: (view spoiler)[Mac and Barrons just wanted to have sex, so she had to write this scene to be able to finish the book without the characters deviating from the plot she was trying to finish ....lol. I can vividly imagine that happening. Characters rarely do what the author wants them to. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
See my review of Bloodfever for this. Because I kind of went into a binge-read of the series after making it through Darkfever. There was no time toSee my review of Bloodfever for this. Because I kind of went into a binge-read of the series after making it through Darkfever. There was no time to write the reviews in between the books ... oops. And now I have trouble telling the events of the story apart and remembering in which book what happened ... though I am reasonably sure that it is this one where (view spoiler)[the Lord Master brings down the walls between the worlds and has her raped by the four Unseelie ... which is quite awful but I suspect the main plot device in bringing her and Barrons closer only to tear them apart again ... as is the way of a good romance plot (hide spoiler)]
As for this part: as mentioned previously, I enjoyed parts 2-5 quite a bit.
I promise a re-read with more detailed reviews on each single book ... one day, when no other Barrons is keeping me glued to the page.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It's been nearly a week since I finished book 5, and since I read 2-5 within 4 days, I have a hard time telling them apart. So I'll keep these short.It's been nearly a week since I finished book 5, and since I read 2-5 within 4 days, I have a hard time telling them apart. So I'll keep these short. I mostly repeat my recommendation from Darkfever if you like your urban Fae fantasy with a strong dash of dangerous hero syndrome (will they or will they not?), an abundance of convoluted secrets, lies and intrigue and a cool-at-last heroine, you just have to make it through book 1. Everything gets better with book 2.
I hated Pink Mac. But I like Dark Mac quite a bit. In this second book Mac has transformed from the original Barbie stereotype into a much more relatable and far less reluctant (but still) heroine. Barrons is remains the bad-ass he always was ...
As I predicted in my review of Darkfever the romance element becomes stronger after Mac has turned away from the Pink Side. After all the Dark Side has cookies and Barrons ...
PS: It took me all of book 1 to realize the cheap word play on V'Lane....more