I really enjoyed this trilogy and the way Weeks establishes and charts the evolution of his characters. It's complex enough to keep the well-read ente...moreI really enjoyed this trilogy and the way Weeks establishes and charts the evolution of his characters. It's complex enough to keep the well-read entertained, but not so complex that weekend/vacation readers won't remember what's going on. While there are a few deus ex machina moments from time to time, I feel like those instances were at least partially tongue-in-cheek. Even if they weren't, then I don't really mind because I found those parts funny; and that sort of thing is what I expect from fantasy fiction anyway.
I also liked how the focus was on the seedy underbelly of this world. Many fantasy novels focus on the nobility, and while nobles/royalty aren't absent from the Night Angel Trilogy by any means, Weeks crafted an extremely rich and detailed crime world in these books. He also balances political intrigue with personal stories really well, and I was definitely a sucker for the love stories that he wove into the narrative.
The reason I took a star away is that I feel like Weeks couldn't quite commit to huge events that happened in each book. Instead of committing to a big change in a character's arc, he would bring it right back around, and it just kind of took away from the impact of the initial change in that character. Sorry if this is super vague, but I can't be anymore explicit without spoiling parts of the story.
Even with that, this is definitely a series that I would read again.(less)
I cannot overstate how much I love this start to his new series, and I'm giddy with anticipation for the next. The way that Sanderson builds this alie...moreI cannot overstate how much I love this start to his new series, and I'm giddy with anticipation for the next. The way that Sanderson builds this alien yet amazing world is mind-blowing to me, and a huge inspiration in my own attempts at writing. One thing I've always loved about his work is Sanderson's ability to create a completely new world from book to book, series to series, but still make it seem fresh and unknown.
Some are saying that this is a slow read, and that certainly might be true for people who prefer battles and action to the quiet introspection of characters, but I think that the characters and the setting are well worth the time you invest in this book. Sanderson has said himself that this is larger in scope than anything else he's written, and that's readily apparent in the story itself; so something as big as this world takes time to get rolling. However, I never felt like the story was lagging, or that things were moving too slowly. I enjoy reading about a new world and the people who inhabit it as much as I enjoy the action and mystery, so I drank in every detail that Sanderson put into this book.
On the one hand, I wish I hadn't read this book because now I have to wait years for the next installment. On the other hand, I'm so glad I read this book because it opened up my mind creatively in a way that I've only experienced from a few novels, and I have read a TON of novels. (less)
This has to be one of my favorite books ever. Although I already owned a paperback copy, it was my first e-book purchase when I got my Kindle.
Patrick...moreThis has to be one of my favorite books ever. Although I already owned a paperback copy, it was my first e-book purchase when I got my Kindle.
Patrick Rothfuss' writing is like nothing else I've ever read. Each sentence feels so carefully and lovingly crafted, it makes me despair of ever writing anything as poetic and wonderful. I've probably read it four or five times, and I never get tired of it. I still tear up in the same places, even though I know what's going to happen. I also love the way he established the mechanics of how "magic" works in this world he created; it's treated almost like a science that anyone can learn if they have the willpower and put in the practice.
I don't care if you're not into fantasy--this is just a good book. Period. I make everyone I know read this if they ask for a good book to read!