UPDATE 9/5/2016: I know why I didn't like this one as much. Spoiler hidden - (view spoiler)[I didn't like (HATED) that Kip married Tisis. It seemed liUPDATE 9/5/2016: I know why I didn't like this one as much. Spoiler hidden - (view spoiler)[I didn't like (HATED) that Kip married Tisis. It seemed like such a boneheaded move by someone who should have been smarter than that. And I never bought that he was backed into a corner to justify the move. (hide spoiler)] But I guess I swallowed that distaste a bit better this time and wanted to give it an extra star. I still wish the book had been longer, and wish even more that this was a trilogy. I want to know the WHOLE story NOW! Weeks is really doing a great job with this series. It is firmly on the re-read shelf.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: I'm not sure that I liked this one as much as the previous books. For much of the book, I kept asking myself when something was going to happen. Nor did I feel that the character development moved along enough to account for the 'delay in action'. Don't get me wrong--the book was good--it might be a more fair assessment to assume that we should have gotten one really long book to end the series instead of two. While enjoyable (very), I came away feeling like this was a bit of half a story....more
This was a really good book that I am glad I finally picked up. I think the only reason that I haven't picked it up before (despite the great ratings)This was a really good book that I am glad I finally picked up. I think the only reason that I haven't picked it up before (despite the great ratings) was because the synopsis is weak---really weak.
Most of the faith-based fantasy that I've read has been a thinly disguised way to deliver a 'god-is-good-and-wants-you-to-do-the-right-thing' message. This was more a story about self-discovery and growth. And Thank You Rae Carson for a unique heroine--at the end of the book, I still wasn't sure if she is plain, beautiful or striking--because that had NOTHING to do with the story--nice touch.
I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series.
IMO, this book and the author is on the level of the much praised works by Brent Weeks or Brandon Sanderson. I can't understand why neither of the booIMO, this book and the author is on the level of the much praised works by Brent Weeks or Brandon Sanderson. I can't understand why neither of the books aren't on the bestseller lists.
This is epic Fantasy in its highest form and kudos to you Mr. Hamerton....more
I really disliked the Swordmaster and couldn't feel any type of sympathy for him. I also felt that too much powerEDIT: Free for Kindle users (4/25/13)
I really disliked the Swordmaster and couldn't feel any type of sympathy for him. I also felt that too much power was given to the Dark side without a valid balance on the Light. Thus the 4 start rating, which in my mind is really a 4.5.
This is epic fantasy with some nice twists. There is NOT a cliffhanger, and the 2nd book has been published.
Note to Kindle users, you can borrow these books for free if you have a Prime account. I started the 1st book for free, but in support of the author, I ended up purchasing it. I am borrowing the 2nd book now, but will again purchase if I get through the first few chapters....more
UPDATE 9/2/2016: 3rd Times the charm. It earned another star. So looking forward to the next ones.
UPDATE 5/28/14: I must have been in a bad mood the 1UPDATE 9/2/2016: 3rd Times the charm. It earned another star. So looking forward to the next ones.
UPDATE 5/28/14: I must have been in a bad mood the 1st time that I read this book. Or maybe I was pissed at yet another cliffhanger book. I won't take back my review from the 1st round but I will add that at the end of the book this time, I let out an 'f' bomb. You know "This book was ------ great!"? Yeah, that.
(9/14/12)I'm not sure I'm happy with this one. IMO, there wasn't enough development although a lot of stuff happened. I feel like either it should have ended sooner or been extended a few more chapters. It just stopped.
This is not to say that I wasn't glued to this book enjoying every minute. It just made me wish I could wait to read the entire series all at once.
This is probably the most tepid review for a 4-star book that I've ever done so I guess I'll stop here....more
Sloppy writing! Freaking 3 pages ago you talk about the chick wearing pants and now her legs are showing from the slit in her skirt? Sloppy, people, sSloppy writing! Freaking 3 pages ago you talk about the chick wearing pants and now her legs are showing from the slit in her skirt? Sloppy, people, sloppy. Especially for a fully priced $7.99 Kindle book.
I am done with this book. I have absolutely no interest in this character or her 'voice'. IMO, there was no emotion to her. The entire book felt like the inner voice that was used just listed off a series of things she was doing. This-happened-and-I-was-scared. THere didn't seem to be any expansion of the emotion after that. Ugh and double-ugh.
I stopped after a scene where a woman comes in to get a protection charm and when Cicely 'sees' that she is a victim of spousal abuse, she didn't even try to put any extra into the charm (although she did return her money) and there was zero feelings of sisterhood. She actually did a can't-save-everybody mental shrug that turned me so far off that I may not even pick up another of the writer's books.
My Goodreads Updates
"Is it me? "...Cicely. I'm afraid that if you don't have sex tonight, you'll get sick." Really? Seriously, is Ms. Galenorn a Laurell K. Hamilton wannabe?
Ugh, ugh and double ugh. Cause Cicely already drowns her sorrows in sex to the point of imagining what an unconscious friend (who needs help not to die) would be like in the sack. I'm stuck because the plot/story premise is so good, but she's about to lose me"
"I don't like making the character do stupid things to serve the plot. This book seems to take that as the main model. Big ugh to that. I also need to like the characters a bit more. They seem so...flat. 'I did this and he did that". "I love him so much so let's f*#k". Really? Thats all the emotion the writing has conveyed so far. Definately not Cat & Bones or Barron & Mac whemo"
My Kindle Notes and Highlights (expressing much frustration)
And whatever I could do to keep Myst from destroying the joy of summer, I would willingly do. Note: Lets hope she starts being MUCH more of a thinker from this point. She hasnt been the brightest bulb
I found myself walking off the path, mesmerized by her sudden appearance. Krystal, my mother. Note: What an idiot
I know that Lannan just wants to watch me in something like this. Note: So why wear it? The dumbass moves that are put in to advance the plot don't work for me
As she held the sign, I pounded it into the ground, first scooping away a good foot of snow to reach the dirt. Note: Wow, they must be strong. Its the middle of winter and the ground is frozen
This remains one of the best fantasy series out there--without any qualification on whattype of fantasy. The integration of faery into our world is doThis remains one of the best fantasy series out there--without any qualification on whattype of fantasy. The integration of faery into our world is done flawlessly.
I am on my knees in gratitude to Seanan McGuire for not including cliffhangers (she seems to trust her writing enough to know we'll be back for more) and no stupid love-triangle. Thank you!
I look forward to more of anything this woman writes. You should as well. ...more