I am baffled by all the excellent reviews. Are there 2 versions of this book out there and I have the version intended to bewilder and confuse? An ang...moreI am baffled by all the excellent reviews. Are there 2 versions of this book out there and I have the version intended to bewilder and confuse? An angel I am told was male, but later that he/she/it is pregnant? A fairie is an angel? Angela is the Archon but not? She houses Raziel's soul but doesn't? And I still don't know what the Ruin is...! It was a sign when I realized I was two weeks into this book and still only about 60% through it that I was not going to agree with all the positive reviews this book has been getting. I found myself re-reading entire chapters because I was so very totally confused. And unfortunately, there is no wiki page out there summarizing it in a coherent manner, with spoilers, so I can understand what I have read. I normally do that here on my blog, but i don't even know where to start... I am confounded. More of the review, and spoilers, to be found on seriestracker.wordpress.com, for those who are as lost and confused as I was on this one!(less)
Another interesting cross between the PNR and scifi space adventures. It was a fun little read. Predictable as all in this genre are, but fun nonethel...moreAnother interesting cross between the PNR and scifi space adventures. It was a fun little read. Predictable as all in this genre are, but fun nonetheless. One of the interesting things about this book was the lack of profession of undying love. Skylar stays with the crew to be with Rico and she wants to be with him and he wants to be with her, but there was never the "I love you" scene. And it was sort of refreshing, and leaves me wondering if book 2 and 3 will be about others in this universe or about the continued relationship between Skylar and Rico. There were a few nice and steamy scenes. The plot has some action and wasn't a bad story.Totally formulaic, not badly written, and fun little characters make me intrigued to read the others when they come out. I especially liked Al, the little girl disguised as a boy who is convinced Rico is going to eat her and who tries to protect Skylar. There were some nice funny moments and the interaction of the characters was enjoyable. (less)
Darkness Fallen, the first in the Forever Twilight series, by Peter Crowther is the first in a new series. But it felt like it should have been the first few chapters in one book, not the first book in a series.
I made the mistake of reading a review by someone else of this book. Now I can’t find anything original to say. But I guess that’s fitting since the book too wasn’t very original. At least not to someone who has read Steven King’s various versions of the end of humanity as we know it (or has seen the TV versions of the same. Or really, has seen any number of flicks on the SciFi network (and yes, totally off on a tangent, I refuse to use the rebrand of that network since since then, it totally sucks!)). Not to mention the repetitive nature of the book itself. The narrative style, where we get the events from different characters, in this case made for a very repetitive book since we got the aftermath of the flash from everyone, we got the sense of desertion after the flash from everyone, we got the realization that everyone else for some reason disappeared when the flash happened – after the flash – from everyone…. See how that gets annoying?
The plot looks like this: there’s a bright all consuming flash of light and most of the world disappears in that instant. Except for the few who don’t disappear. And, with the first character we meet there’s an airplane involved (“The Stand” sound familiar?). We don’t know why they aren’t “taken” but each of them comes to realize that there is something going on and they don’t know what. Then, 24 hours after the first flash, wham! There’s another flash and everyone (although I am not sure it is everyone, but it doesn’t really matter, at least not yet) is back. But they are different. They are all zombie like. And, the individuals and small groups of those who weren’t taken the first night slowly come together. And they slowly discover some weird things about those who have returned (in my head, I dubbed them the “originals” and the “remakes” as far as groups go. Because remakes are never as good as the originals).
When the book ends, the story is really just beginning. And after 416 pages, that’s sort of an accomplishment itself. See, as I see it there are two different types of serials: those with an overall story arc, but individual stories which are concluded in some way in each book (think Harry Potter) and those which simply march towards the conclusion of the overall story arc (think… Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel). I prefer series in the former category, but can enjoy a well written series that fits in the later category (hence the reference to the outstanding Flamel series). Problem is, so many series in the latter category are not well written.
When the character development is all there is and there is no plot, I can’t enjoy it. There needs to be both. The plot that existed in this book could be summed up in 3, maybe 4, sentences. Despite the nature of this type of serial, there needs to be more to the story arc than that. I can sum it up this way: there’s a bright light, most people disappear, then they come back zombielike. I need more! I need more to make me feel invested in the story so that I come back for the next installment. Often, character development can make up for the lack of plot development, by having great characters that a reader gets attached to. Then, I can get pulled into something even if the plot isn’t sufficient. But here…
…the character development should have been better given how much time we get with each of the few “main” characters. Ronnie, for instance, is likable, but that is all. He’s one of the originals. His inner dialogue was awful, his development started out promising but as soon as the light happened, his development hit a wall. Then, when we see the other characters, their stories, while different hit the same wall (and some of them never really had much development before that) when the light happened. And after the light, well, their experiences were just too similar. It felt very repetitive. Even the quirkiness of some of the originals – the little girl who is psychic, the resident serial killer, and the multiple personality Sally – were really not all that interesting, nor did they add to the story. At least not yet. And since this was really all set up and no plot, no teasers of what is to come, it is hard to look forward to seeing if anything will come of those folks and their uniqueness.
I felt more like I was reading the script for a movie – since so many of the details would be background and all scenery and therefore the 400 pages would be the first 30 minutes of a movie. But when I pick up 400 pages, I want a story, not a tiny tiny little portion of the beginning of it.
That’s not to say I wouldn’t read this. It’s just that I would personally prefer to wait until all the installments are published (since this seems to be one of those series that should have just been one long book, but the publishers don’t make enough money (however, not every story should be a serial, no matter how much the publishers may want it to be) that way and since serials seem to be more popular then ever I don’t think we will be seeing an end to them) so I could read them all at once. There were a few starts to interesting ideas here (the alien influence, the little centipede creatures, the flying cars, and the notion that there might be another light and more changes in the future), so it wasn’t a total waste. But again, I would wait for other installments and read it all at once. The cover promises that this is book 1 in the Forever Twilight series. I don’t know out of how many, but I will wait to read 2 (and any subsequents) until we get the final book in the Forever Twilight series.(less)
I was... intrigued... by the synopsis. The idea of giants and angels put this wacky cartoon like image in my head. But, I kept an open mind, thinking,...moreI was... intrigued... by the synopsis. The idea of giants and angels put this wacky cartoon like image in my head. But, I kept an open mind, thinking, let's see how this goes. It was an interesting read, and an interesting story.
There are two (sort of) separate story lines that come together about a third of the way through, but it feels tangential because while the characters come together, they do so only briefly. And they come together again at the end, in preparation for at least one other additional book. At least I assume that the author intends another book, since it's not stated that this is part of, or the start of, a series. I will address the few problems I had with the plot, but to start, let's see if we can't summarize the plot a little better then the synopsis.
Eden's husband flipped a personality switch and went all weird on her. And then disappeared. She's trying to find him. She enlists the help of her friend Judy and the two start a search. And they begin to encounter some bizarre and creepy things, like demonic snakes and demon hell fire. It's clear from the start that Eden's husband is going to be found to have been possessed by a demon. And Judy, in their travels ends up facing some life altering changes herself. And we learn, that Eden needs some special protecting and gets assigned a special guardian angel. How things with her end, well, that would spoil things. But Eden, her search, and the demonic changes are one story line.
Then we have Xandir. He's an angel who was punished for something in heaven long ago. His current mission is to dole out justice or mercy to those who deserve it. His story line is clearly the much more complicated one. And, it's the one with a few holes and takes up the majority of the book. Xandir's mission changes (and I don't really get why) part way through the book. He ends up assigned as Eden's guardian angel. Meanwhile, however, he is convinced by some giants to help steal a seed from a tree located on an island sitting at the jaws of hell. To accomplish this mission he needs to detour to the Himalayas to see the Yearti and has quite a number of adventures on the island (which according to this story, is the island that inspired the story of Atlantis). And, at the end, Xandir's story comes together with Eden's. I won't reveal how, but it shocked me on some levels and on others, I was waiting for it to happen. I knew it had to, I knew we had to get an explanation as to the title of the book, I just wasn't sure exactly how it was going to happen.
A few things that I would have liked to see explained better - Xandir is told that he has to protect Eden at all costs, but he simply disappears and never really sees any repercussions as a result. We are told that there will be repercussions if he fails, but, when suddenly an army of other angels show up to protect Eden, it's all glossed over. I also was a little lost when Jarom assumed Xandir's debt and that lets them escape the island again. And then, we know that he access to the island is conditioned on not letting anyone go, but when Tobias's deal comes to light... again, no repercussions. And why can some of those who are possessed survive and others can't? And then the references to the names of demons when the group of the demons get together - there seems to be a relationship between some of them but it's not entirely evident what that relationship is. I ended up re-reading a bit to see if I missed something.
The giants weren't the comical giants my mind conjured. They weren't entirely not comical though either. I mean the magma ship? It made me chuckle. And I am not exactly sure I see how one individual new baby giant will propagate the race (isn't one of each required? I am not biologist or medical doctor, but....)
Anyway, there was some action (avalanche, fighting with giants, demon snake battles, fires, etc.). And there is definitely a little theology. There's some personality in some of the characters - Xandir, Li'l Halo and Judy for example. The ending felt a little abrupt (and some of imagery in the end was a little disturbing to me). But, overall, it was an enjoyable story, something different even for stories around angels since the introduction of giants was a unique idea. I just wish I was prepared for what was really a cliff hanger.
It was a good story - and wet my appetite to see how the world will be saved from evil. Hope there is a second book! (less)
It’s not a spoiler in this genre to say the couple gets together at the end of each book. That’s the point. But there are too many political alliances...moreIt’s not a spoiler in this genre to say the couple gets together at the end of each book. That’s the point. But there are too many political alliances and allegiances to keep track of. The nice thing is, here, we don’t really have to. I skipped book 1 (not intentionally) and started with book 2 and it didn’t matter in the least. We get enough of the surrounding context from the author to make these any enjoyable read. No PNR, or rather now I need to say SFR (SciFi Romance), will ever win a nobel prize for writing, but these were quick little reads, with a little steam thrown in at just the right moment. If you are looking for JR Ward steaminess, these don’t quite fog the bathroom the same way. But, we do get a lot of the friendly banter, the humor, the sexy hero, etc., that a good book in the romance genre has. And, the difference with Desideria and the other female characters in this genre was refreshing because she ends up strong and able to save the day and her man, without being a total feminist. In fact, she rebels a little against her ultra-feminist culture, but you can see she’s still a strong female character. It’s a relief. It’s also nice to have a character that isn’t driven by a past horror/horrible relationship with/inflicted upon by a man. And, it was within the series too since the last 2 before saw the motivation of the females as so similar that I was having deja vu flashes the entire time while reading. I hadn’t read a SFR before, now, I am looking forward to the next in this series – and will be looking for other similar series! (less)
The story was ok, but when all was said and don't, I felt like it was a waste of time. I could have re-read something else and enjoyed myself more. Th...moreThe story was ok, but when all was said and don't, I felt like it was a waste of time. I could have re-read something else and enjoyed myself more. The quote on the cover about what a great writer the author is... well, clearly that reviewer and I have a difference of opinion.
I read this genre because the world building is so much fun to read and explore. Here, there really wasn't much of that. And the characters are very flat and there isn't much development of them either.
The story is goes like this: Sir Michael is a knight errant and Fisk is his squire. Michael rescued Fisk since Fisk is really a con man. They set out to rescue Lady Ceciel and it turns out that they help a criminal escape. So, their "adventure" becomes the quest to meet the conditions of Michael father's "probation" after he rescues Fisk and Michael from their troubles when it is discovered that they helped the lady escape. They now have to recapture the Lady and bring her to the lord so that justice can be carried out.
The most exciting part of the plot was the escape from having been "cudgel-crewed". And the most interesting character is Lady Kara but we see so very little of her that we don't get a chance to know her. Fisk - we know he has a past, but we learn nothing at all and as a result it's hard to stay interested. We learn a little more about Michael because we see his father but it's still very one dimensional.
The world that is built doesn't really get described very well. We learn that there is a furred god and that there are 2 moons, and this stuff called magica. And while its a safe (and correct) inference that magica is magic, for some reason it's bad for people to do. And animals and plants and stuff can be magica but to kill either one must make a sacrifice or something will come back to harm you. It's kinda like instant karma. But, we get no additional information. Zero. It's like the author was really only sort of interested in writing a book about magic. Until we get towards the end. And then Lady Ceciel seems to have some ideas about magica but we get, what felt like, the same chapter 3 times in a row. And we still really don't learn much that adds to the story. In fact, I was slightly disturbed by the "simple ones" and the way the author dealt with them as a class of people. And it made me hard to understand how experimenting on them should be something in a YA book.
The alternating chapter narratives are a little difficult too. I don't mind alternating view points most times. But for some reason, it was often hard to track/remember. I found that many times, I had to look back to the first page of the chapter to see who's name was on it to know who's point of view I was reading.
I know this is the first in a series but I don't plan on bothering with the next. There just isn't enough of the characters to keep me interested. And the made up terms that aren't explained and the one-dimensional universe... too little to keep me interested at all. (less)
**spoiler alert** Jane and Ryu are having some romantic issues. Not to mention, the secret lustful feelings Jane harbors for Anyan. Jane continues wit...more**spoiler alert** Jane and Ryu are having some romantic issues. Not to mention, the secret lustful feelings Jane harbors for Anyan. Jane continues with her training until she finds out her mom has been killed. This sends Jane into a tailspin. She wants revenge. And it's only going to be satisfying if it results in Jarl's torturous and exceeding painful death. Because Jane knows he's behind it all. Clinics like the one Conleth was held in continue to be found. And the group of Julian, Ryu, Anyan and Jane head off to the Borderlands to investigate the clinic where Jane's mom was found. Along the way, Iris is kidnapped. Jane is attacked by a kappa (think TMNT, from the description - and Jane makes that comparison, not me!). She and Ryu have it out. Anyan's feelings are apparent to everyone but Jane. We find out Julian doesn't dig girls. And, we meet an "Original". (As soon as Anyan mentions it, we know Jane's mysterious tattooed lady is one, btw. That was no big reveal at the end, and I hope Ms. Peeler didn't think it would be.) Phaedra causes all sorts of trouble for our crew - including killing the first doctor that they find and trying to stop them all from getting to the Compound at the end. She's just pure evil. The jaw dropping stuff, though: (I'll save those spoilers for those who want to read them - if you do, visit my blog, where I detail them all!) WOW!!! It left me with really wide eyes and needing to re-read the chapter (or two) to make sure I read it all correctly!
I love Jane and her cast of friends. And I love her inner voice (aka her libido). We continue to get good character development from the author and decent story telling. I love who it doesn't matter that Jane has these feelings and is convinced of something (Jarl's inner evilness) and the author doesn't let anyone (**cough, cough, Ryu**) change Jan'e mind. I also love how strong Jane is, even though she thinks she's weak. Most of the time, the story is well crafted and easy to follow along. What could use a tiny bit of work is the balance between foreshadowing in an obvious, hit me on the head with an anvil manner, and the foreshadowing with such subtly that I am smacking myself for not seeing it. It seems a little off, unless the author wants it that way, that we have such polar opposites with some things. The existence of an Original - the minute Anyan mentions that type, we know what's coming. But other things were so subtly hinted at it was so well done. I felt almost schizophrenic after two more important revelations because of how well hidden and how painfully obvious they were. I had to wonder if the same person plotted those out.
Jane's libido is in full swing throughout the books. And it's great comic relief, as always (although it wasn't quite as funny this round, but it was still very good). **Spoiler alert here - not too major to leave out, but don't say I didn't warn you....** I am still a Team Ryu gal, so I am a little disappointed in the break between Jane and Ryu and how solidly she seems to have turned to Anyan, but it was well done. I don't feel like we are going to see the unfinished business, crappy love-triangle that often happens when we have the change in coupling status. At least that is my hope. What I mean is that Jane seems to come to terms with the fact that she cares for Ryu but doesn't want to be with him. It's not the sappy "oh I love them both" routine.
Our story here, with the continued slaughter and hatred of the halflings is interesting. We have a definite resolution in some ways, and yet the overall story arc continues. I appreciate the closure on one segment that the author gives us, while still moving us towards the next segment in a smooth and natural way.
I do hope that we haven't seen the last of Ryu, and that he's not going to simply be off ruling the Alfar with Nyx in the next installments. I am a Ryu-Jane shipper after all. (less)
I love Sookie. She is awesome and gets better in every book. I like Quinn so very much (it's just a shame I saw a spoiler of what happens in the next...moreI love Sookie. She is awesome and gets better in every book. I like Quinn so very much (it's just a shame I saw a spoiler of what happens in the next book). And I can't wait to see what comes of Sookie and Eric's relationship....(less)
I re-read this over the weekend since I have a number of friends who really liked it. But I still just thought it was ok - even upon re-read. I unders...moreI re-read this over the weekend since I have a number of friends who really liked it. But I still just thought it was ok - even upon re-read. I understand the idea of Boy not knowing anything about who he is - but I felt is was almost lazy to at least not give him a name. And Kepler and his role was a little too convenient. I don't know - I am ok with having loose ends - story arcs that keep you moving from one book to the next. But I felt like I have no information to motivate me into wanting to read the next - I feel like I have none of the little tidbits that I should have at this point. To me, a good novel which is part of a series, gives me just enough of a tease as to what I might find out, that I really want to read what's next. Here, not so much. I don't know - I also expected - both reads - to learn more about the "Dead Days" - but it was like the mythology associated with them, which is set up by the beginning explanation of the varying cultures' calendars - was totally absent. They were barely a passing thought. And that was disappointing the first time through. I was hoping I had just missed stuff or forgotten since the first read, but unfortunately, that was not the case. The ending was too neat - and not neat enough at all - all at the same time. I can't even decide if I want to read the companion/sequel or not. (less)
Well, I fin myself in the camp of the folks who loved these books. I could not put this down. I was absolutely addicted to it from the first moment I...moreWell, I fin myself in the camp of the folks who loved these books. I could not put this down. I was absolutely addicted to it from the first moment I picked it up. This is the book that convinced me to actually stroll down the romance isle at Borders. This is in the Sci-Fi section, but so many people lumped it into the romance section - and amazon suggested things from the romance section based on this - that I figure what the heck.
It is true that the naming convention might get old for some folks. But, I loved the reversal idea - the bad guys are actually good. It was violent, but to me, it did not feel gratuitous. It was also filled with themes of love, loyalty, revenge and redemption and there were parts where I was angry, upset, happy, and there were moments where I was actually holding back tears. So, regardless of what some think about this book - it is one that I will continue to read over and over. (less)
This is one of those books that makes me realize we need 1/2 star rating capabilities... this would definitely get 4 1/2 - why not the full 5 (althoug...moreThis is one of those books that makes me realize we need 1/2 star rating capabilities... this would definitely get 4 1/2 - why not the full 5 (although I gave it the full 5 since I don't have the 4 1/2 option!)? Well, because I would have like to have seen a little more of the end. And it's hard to explain what I mean by that without giving up the end. I also would have liked a little more of the history of the Hallows - we get quite a bit towards the end, but I think there was a little more potential that was left untouched - especially with the sword's history. But it was excellent!
Michael does a great job of cutting back and forth between scenes and yet I still feel like the book flows - sometimes authors try to do that and I feel so disjointed about it - and here, the transition is seemless and the book still flows and keeps things moving forward. I am becoming a fan of the way Michael sets out chapters/sections of the books by date too (see the Alchemyst and Magician for the same device).
There is suspense, action, gore (although not too much) and history all rolled up into one here. The opening chapter sucked me in and I couldn't put the book down. I really felt for the character Greg Matthews and his losses. I also really disliked the bad guy - and when I can identify with the characters and feel invested, I know it's a great book!
This means I am off to pick up more of Michael's books! (less)
Interesting. It was good. And I liked the trip to Hell - it reminded me of Milton. Language doesn't bother me - but if you have misgivings about readi...moreInteresting. It was good. And I liked the trip to Hell - it reminded me of Milton. Language doesn't bother me - but if you have misgivings about reading things that might make a sailor blush, you might want to reconsider this one. Fu*# is in ever third sentence (ok, that's an exaggeration, but there were times when it felt like it). I had 2 small problems with this book - first, the smoking is so in your face - I mean, I know people smoke and so do book characters. But every time I put the book down, I felt the urge to sniff my clothes to make sure none of the stench of cigarette smoke rubbed off on me. Second, the way I pictured the blind swordswoman (her name escapes me at the moment) originally, from Kadrey's description, was of this little old lady. So when she and Spider get intimate, well, I had trouble with that mental picture. But I assume that was just me. It was good enough that I am on the hunt for more of Kadrey's stuff. And I love the artwork on the cover - for me, that was well worth the $15 bucks. (less)
**spoiler alert** Like with the first book, I waited a little to do this review. This was better then the first book, but still felt like an exercise...more**spoiler alert** Like with the first book, I waited a little to do this review. This was better then the first book, but still felt like an exercise in name dropping and like the author was trying to do way to much in too short a space. Was he just lazy? Didn't want to give the plot and the characters the page time they were worth? I don't know.
This book, even more then the first was a lot about how well read the author was. Not that I didn't like the book - but I had a number of issues with the writing here too. First, I had a lot of trouble with some of the dialogue and following who was saying what. I was also very confused for a while by the fact that a number of the characters are referred to by various names. It took considerable effort to keep reading some of the chapters. How Pan and Barrie ended up mortal enemies is really still a little beyond me. One might think I didn't pay much attention to the book based on how poorly I followed it sometimes, but I really did. After reading the first book, I made a conscious effort to try to unearth the clues and figure out things with our characters. However, every time I thought I figured something out it would either be wrong or I would discover that it wasn't important enough to the plot for the author to ever get around to telling us.
Aven's relationship with Pan... seemed to come out of the blue. Again, this was light on the character development and more about the plot. Was a little more tolerable here then in the first book. Like the first book (and not quite as badly as in the third book) this, I felt the author was trying to do way too much in too short a book/timeframe and as a result the execution was a little shaky. Bringing Barrie into the picture was nice, but some of the weaving together of the mythologies with Peter Pan and "The Pan" just wasn't given enough development. And I still don't know how the Winter King's shadow survived (and how the heck is the Winter King Hook? I totally missed the links with that one) and how the problems in this book really started.
It was funny to me to see where C.S. Lewis' wardrobe came from in this world. I loved the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe as a kid and it was fun to see what might have been the inspiration for it. I also really love the badgers.
There is still this idea that the events of the Archipelago effect the real world (and vice-versa) but it still isn't explained or demonstrated. So, I feel like something's missing. It took some doing for me to understand the real significance of the Red Dragon - and frankly, I think the Red Dragon is more important to the plot of the third book then this one.
I also felt like we never really got a very good understanding of "the Crusade" or a number of details. Again, more evidence that the author only half-delt with much of what he set up. I still don't know if that is laziness - or maybe setting up for the next book?
It was interesting for those who can tolerate large leaps in plot, lots of name dropping, hints/nods to other books and authors - all tied together by a little magic and a little bit of dragons.
All in all, if you want to read what is probably the best book in the series (admittedly, I haven't read #4) - which is #3, you need to read this one (even more so I think then the first book) first. But otherwise, take it out from your library - don't spend the money buying it. (less)
The first 2 books - they were ok. The third, what a let down. I feel that I have a knack for picking trilogies that start out very promising only to b...moreThe first 2 books - they were ok. The third, what a let down. I feel that I have a knack for picking trilogies that start out very promising only to be utterly disappointed with the ending. The authors open hostility with the "magisterium" (it wasn't hard to see the the comparison to organized religion - especially on the Christian side) was almost amusing from an adult's perspective during the first 2 books. They had fantastical elements and yet I truly felt like the universe that Lyra was living in could have been an alternate universe for ours. The Ice Bears were a treat during the first book.
The first book was, despite the religious thing, fantastical and mythical and had an interesting plot. The second book left me confused and disturbed. The third book... well, I guess this was supposed to be the redemption? Learning about how a world/dimension/universe (what ever) gets created? And yet the hostility towards the Magesterium didn't stop. So was the message supposed to be that we should embrace religion but be weary of organized churches? That is certainly one way I could have felt. And I guess I did. But I was more bothered by issues left unresolved by this book. And I was still bothered by the idea that was left "out there" that hitting puberty turns one evil. I mean really, is that what children should be taught? I guess there are certain groups of people that believe that way, but I am not. And I took some offense to what this series seemed to stand for in many ways. I understand the hostility towards the church, but I think books aimed at children that are so overtly religious should come with warnings, so that I know to avoid them. And I think teaching intolerance, which is one of the themes I got from this series, is unacceptable no matter what age the audience is.
The third installment made me draw a lot of similarities towards the Magician's Nephew (I think... the one were we see the development of a new world). And it's not a novel take on the idea. And frankly, the writing isn't as good. Point me towards the Narnia Chronicles anytime over this set. (And, the religiousness isn't quite as in-your-face in those as it is here).
I read a review where there was a quote that stated: "Philip Pullman contends that 'There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children's book.' " I hate to disagree, but I think there are clearly some themes that should not be dealt with in a children's book, and Philip Pullman should have steered clear of some of the themes he tried to tackle. I don't know if they were too big for a children's book (and honestly, should have been dealt with in an adult book) or if they were just too big for Mr. Pullman himself. Either way, I felt he didn't know how to end the series without getting so religious, I might as well have pulled out a bible if I wanted that much religion.
As previously mentioned, I felt there was a lot of open hostility towards the church (and I am by no means a staunch church-go-er) during the first book (at least) so the turn around with how religious things got and how the message seemed to be that religion saves, caught me off guard.
And the notion that hitting puberty turns you evil - is just something that I feel has no place in a child's book. A similar review I read called this a children's book that is "Christian" the same way the Chronicles of Narnia are Christian - and I wish I would have seen that review before reading these. I remember loving Narnia when I was younger, and now, as an adult who loves YA/Fantasy books, I can only read certain portions of the Narnia series because others are by far to pro-religion for me (and given what I said earlier about pointing me to Narnia anytime over this series... that says something!). And so, while to moral of the 3rd book has something to do with the establishment of religion (honestly, I wasn't sure exactly what it was) - I should have read the first 2 and then just read the Wiki article to see how the third concluded the series. I would not recommend this SERIES to anyone who doesn't want an opinion (good or bad) about religion shoved down their throat.(less)