This book. It was never ending! The style of the writing was dull. Yes, some of it did have a poetic twist about it, but really? It was dOh. My. God.
This book. It was never ending! The style of the writing was dull. Yes, some of it did have a poetic twist about it, but really? It was depressing. That's pretty much all that can be said for it - the author can force the reader into depression. When I read the main character's emotions, I actually felt like I was on a down spiral. Yes, that's a good skill. But Alice Hoffman doesn't stop! It is all misery. Not just understandable misery, either. Misery about the stupidest, childish things. I couldn't stand another page of it.
I am disappointed. It started like Wicked: The Life And Times Of The Wicked Witch Of The West but it didn't take off, and I felt no connection to the nameless protagonist. I got midway, where Lazarus Jones is talking about his past to the nameless she. I ended up reading one sentence per paragraph and I was still depressed and bored of the lack of emotions.
*** (some time later)
So, I did finish it.
It was as anticlimactic as a story without a upward curve of anticipation can be. It wasn't worth the time, even when I only read one sentence in three.
The book starts with introducing the two main characters of the book and series, painting an in-depth look at a wonderful and distant piece of the pasThe book starts with introducing the two main characters of the book and series, painting an in-depth look at a wonderful and distant piece of the past. Little is overlooked, and the descriptions are equally breathtaking and intimidating. The characters are all depicted with care, so rounded and developed they are almost real, the way they think and talk as authentic as I understand. I needed both a nautical dictionary and an Oxford dictionary to make sense of some sections, but that is not a mark against the book (or my own self) - it is a rare experience to need such guidance, and one worth savouring.
The transitions between the points-of-view and the passage of days seemed a little off, however. There was uncertainty for a few paragraphs between each transition. The characters are also distanced from their emotions, the reader only shown actions and hardly ever given an emotional response to sympathise with. The plot is quite weak, more like a 'slice of life' than a fiction. The book concludes without there being a satisfactory climax. The writing style swings erratically from colloquial to being stiff and awkward, confusing the reader a little more, and then more so with the run-on sentences.
Despite these faults, the book did have a drawing quality. O'Brian's love for the naval period shows through clearly and the unexpected humour made a few pages of confusion worth wile. It is a very masculine read, and I'm sure someone with a greater well of knowledge about ships would find more pleasure in the book, though I do plan on reading the second book, though not for some time as my brain must recharge. ...more
This was really boring. A rich, dull heroin and a military male lead. I didn't connect with any character and got bored of squinting to read the over-This was really boring. A rich, dull heroin and a military male lead. I didn't connect with any character and got bored of squinting to read the over-small text. I could barely read two chapters, let alone finish it....more
The first of the Hurog duology, this book is a coming-of-age adventure of a youth called Wardwick who is declared unfitDragon Bones by Patricia Briggs
The first of the Hurog duology, this book is a coming-of-age adventure of a youth called Wardwick who is declared unfit to rule Hurog, his family’s lands, after his father’s death. To regain his birthright from his well meaning uncle and persuade the king to rescind his writ, Ward and a group of strays head south to prove he is ableminded by helping drive back the Vorsag raiders.
Okay, the idea really isn’t that original – but Mrs Briggs makes up for that by having some very amazing characters: Ward, intelligent and manipulative, his whole life focused on Hurog in a rather crippling obsession; Oreg, a diminutive and somewhat sullen ghost, he holds more power than any living wizard and is plagued with PTSD; Garranon, the child of one of the king’s dead enemies and his lover, he uses politics to protect his brother while he plans revenge… The faults of the characters are so real, they balance it all beautifully.
There is just something about Mrs Briggs’ style that just sings. Everything I’ve read of hers seems to leap so willingly from the page. The words have such a lovely flow to them, I think I could read her forever and never tire. This isn’t the first time I’ve read this book and it won’t be the last.
However, it isn’t without its faults. Most is a very messy editing job and a couple of very blatant mistakes I’m shocked got through the author/agent/editor net – I think two full scenes or at least two very important conversations are missing from the novel. Not just missing I-think-this-should-have-been-included sense but missing what-are-they-talking-about-I-think-I-need-to-read-that-chapter-again sense. Oreg’s backstory deserves a lot better that such a shoddy mess it got.
Other than that, it is a truly lovely thing and one of my favourite books. I finally have the second half of the series, Dragon Blood, and will be leaping into it right away.
The second of the Hurog duology, this novel follows four years after Dragon Bones, covering the political fallout of what happened in the first novel.The second of the Hurog duology, this novel follows four years after Dragon Bones, covering the political fallout of what happened in the first novel. The King’s writ was never rescinded so Ward gets carted off to an insane asylum and civil war looms.
Again, Mrs Briggs takes a cliché of the fantasy genre and writes it well. Her characters are skilfully portrayed, each with their own personality, strengths and weaknesses.
The story’s POV is mainly focused on Ward but occasionally jumps to Tisala, the daughter of a politically powerful rebel lord, and Garranon. It helps keep the reader in the loop of what’s going on when, but can be slightly distracting to keep pace with.
As with the first book, there were several places where the book was lacking. I didn’t bound through it like I thought I would. There was less action than I had anticipated and a lot more slow-going scenes heavy on description. The battle that was being built up to throughout was anticlimactic and the king’s younger brother was underused as a character, which is a shame as I was interested in the poor bugger who had been entombed in a small, dark room for over a decade. The reason for his imprisonment wasn’t touched on in this book, and barely mentioned in the first, and there was so little seen of his personality I fail to see the reasoning to it.
I was, in the end, quite let down by what I read. The charm the first novel had was missing in its sequel, and only my own curiosity for the characters urged me to keep reading, not the plot. It could, and should, have been stronger, more compelling. Wonderful characters deserve nothing less. ...more