In Outlander, a baby (a suspected fae changeling from a very superstitious people of 1740s Scotland) is lefI could not even get through the prologue.
In Outlander, a baby (a suspected fae changeling from a very superstitious people of 1740s Scotland) is left in the woods and it ends up dying. It's sad. It's meant to be sad, but somehow we understand that this had to happen to show the differences in the two worlds Claire was in.
In this very prologue, a creepy old woman kills a baby left on a hillside. Not even gonna hide this for spoilers. Put the nasty old baby killer somewhere later in the book, in the story, where I'm already vested in the characters and plot. Hello, reader. Imma do this right off. Stay with me.
A pretty little tale of a research student in a few days in May, 1988, trying to find more information about her deceased grandfather before a professA pretty little tale of a research student in a few days in May, 1988, trying to find more information about her deceased grandfather before a professor does. He claims he has information about her grandfather that will be scandalous.
Each chapter alternates time. May 1988 and Petra the student, who is pretty flat and not very likable, or unlikable, and then Paris, May 1910, and *those* parts of the book are the best parts. There are no terribly surprising twists, but nice little spirals that keep the plot going. Small, readable chapters that don't bog anyone down. Descriptions of sugar and confections and enough use of the word "patisserie" that made me stop and lower my book and say it again and again. Pa-tiss-er-ie. Pat-iss-eriee.
I have finished this trilogy and I don't know if I want to go any further into the other Mistborn books. First of all, I have a book hangover. I've reI have finished this trilogy and I don't know if I want to go any further into the other Mistborn books. First of all, I have a book hangover. I've read these three Mistborn books like Cookie monster eats, and now I'm sitting here looking around like...what do I do now?
Second, Brandon SAVAGEson broke my heart. I know he didn't mean to. But he did.
Third, up until this series, I was skeptical on how men wrote women. Claire Fraser, created by a woman, has always been my favorite female literary lead. We also have at least 8 books to get to know her, and see her in decades.
In Mistborn, we only get Vin for 3 books, and that equates to about five years of her life. But she's everything I need in a female literary lead: courageous, sassy, blunt, chaotic, torn, faulty. And more.
I envy those who haven't met her yet, and will soon.
A nod to Sanderson: I don't really care for Elend and struggled to care a thing for him. But he didn't man-splain anything, he didn't coddle Vin, and he truly did seem to understand TRUST with her. For that, I won't roll my eyes and hate him. But, my heart belonged to Kelsier from the first pages.
In no way was this a romantic story, but I'll make it that way. Seriously, the almost blatant disregard for romance was actually refreshing. I could focus on other things. Like how to beat an Inquisitor, because that takes more focus.
I know this is a choppy, terrible review. But, my heart is broken. I ugly-cried for about the last twenty pages, on a paper book no less.
Highly recommended trilogy to anyone. Will return to Sanderson again. ...more