Amazing Amazing let me say that again that it is simply amazing. This novel had me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting anxiously to turn the next p...moreAmazing Amazing let me say that again that it is simply amazing. This novel had me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting anxiously to turn the next page and feeling extremely disappointed when the book ended. I didn't think it was possible for this series to get better and it did. I like it when novels aren't predictable I love it when I get surprised by the actions of characters in the story.
reading this series is like watching a film. action drama, you don't particularly like the main character. he is such a flawed hero. which makes him very human and relatable.
Brent Weeks is just an amazing fantastic writer(less)
I love Ms West work, you create such amazing imagery with your words. I can see the movie play in my head. spoiler altert!!! With that being said. I did...moreI love Ms West work, you create such amazing imagery with your words. I can see the movie play in my head. spoiler altert!!! With that being said. I did not like Skirmish. while part of the reason I didn’t like it was because I have waited through the end of Sun Sword and 3 prequels for house war to begin. This ended up being a tease for me it was a 500 page book that took place over 3 days I felt that what occurred, could have been done in 200 pages and been part of house war. or packaged as a short story. I am not saying that this story was unnecessary I’m just saying that it didn’t have to be that long.
I had expected that at the end of Sun Sword we would find Jewel an adult she has gone through some rough journeys. gone up against Arianne not to mention some other children of gods. journeyed to the south accepted her roles as part of the house council accepted that she would lead Terafin. And throughout the Sun Sword(SS) we see this growing into adulthood but with skirmish i found that she was written with the voice of a child. there are times i wanted to slap her and tell her to grow up and stop whining. For me it was a bit of a devolution of character. Finch and Teller were more mature and more grown up than she was. I also think younger Jewel was more grown up than Skirmish Jewel.
I found the way that she still has to get lessons from Haval annoying. it's one thing to ask advice it's another thing for an adult to act as a child in lessons.I did not find this trait charming. I kept wishing she would grow up.
I found the sending off of Cellerient and Avandar to save the Princes storyline sort of I need to (a) get rid of these characters so that Jewel is the one that tames the elements because if both of them are there then Jewel speaking to the earth and water are sort of unnecessary it’s something that they can do.( b) find a way to make the kings not to mention the queens indebted to Jewel so they will be unlikely to want to kill her. I bring this up because i found this part of the story quite Jarring. it was almost out of left field (you can argue the point that it’s a vision so it is out of left field ;) but every other vision of Jewels flowed with the story.
I LOVED the cats. They are my favourite characters in the skirmish. Even though they are other worldly and magical in nature, I found them to be the most human element in the story. The more “Fantastical” Jewel became the more the cats were used to keep her grounded, we have barely touched the surface of their abilities. I was really happy to “hear” their voices come out of the dark.
I eagerly await and look forward to house War I wouldn’t mind if it was two books but what I also enjoy about Michelle west is That she knows when to end her stories.(less)