By Mar, that was f'ing phenomenal! And now it's over...doh!
Perhaps part of my subliminal reason for putting off finishing this series for so long wasBy Mar, that was f'ing phenomenal! And now it's over...doh!
Perhaps part of my subliminal reason for putting off finishing this series for so long was that I didn't want it to end. Whatever, that's bullshit. I was just being lame. This should have been devoured upon release!
Wintertide was the best book in the series. Yes, out of six 5-star efforts, this is the one I'd put (slightly) above all the others. The twists and turns, and the climax - wow!
Percepliquis was a slight letdown, but only because Wintertide was so intense. This was the epic coming together of all the loose threads of the series, and it delivered. Oh, if that title is tough to pronounce, I believe we could subtitle it The Fellowship of the Horn.
Yes, we get an all star lineup (of sorts) as the cast is picked out to complete the final job of Riyria. And then a dungeon crawl! All sorts of beasties and more revelations (hence the title of the series), and more climaxes than a holiday night in Medford House.
Sad to see it come to a close, but it did so in top form. Kudos, Mr. Sullivan. This is a series that will definitely be revisited....more
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3.5 stars, and this is more an average of my feelings than anything.I received a free copy of this book through the First Reads program on Goodreads.
3.5 stars, and this is more an average of my feelings than anything. I was all over the map here. It took me a loooonnnnng time to get through this book. At times I was so bored I chose to watch paint dry rather than read. And at other times I was really impressed with the story and characters.
The ending was more of the same. Not bored with it, but there were things that made me go "eh, wtf?" and there was satisfaction with some of the elements.
All in all, it was a good conclusion to the trilogy. At the same time, I'm glad it is over. It was a good trilogy, but I'm feeling somewhat burned out. I think that has to do with my re-read of the first two books than anything with this one, but there it is. But truth is, if I had to muddle through 10 of these at four times the length each, I'd probably run for the hills.
But I can't help but wonder what Lev Grossman will do next......more
This was a decent read, but a bit disappointing to one who has read a lot of Cornwell. It really seemed too light hearted, almost slapstick at times.This was a decent read, but a bit disappointing to one who has read a lot of Cornwell. It really seemed too light hearted, almost slapstick at times. It was more like a caper than a historical fiction novel, but had a drawn out battle thrown in at the end.
I did like the book, but never felt engaged like I have in other Cornwells. It just didn't match up with the previous books in the Thomas of Hookton series. ...more
It had its moments. Some of them were funny, and I would say that Colfer got the characters down pretty well. I kind of liked this book, but it reallyIt had its moments. Some of them were funny, and I would say that Colfer got the characters down pretty well. I kind of liked this book, but it really dragged too much. Adams would get off track and meander and get rather zany and random, but it worked for him. With this one, not as much. I think if it had been condensed to about half its length, it would have worked much better. Adams always seemed to know just how much was just the right amount......more
What can I say? Stephen King has blown me away again. I've been reading him for 30 years or more and I'm rarely disappointed.
There were a couple of flWhat can I say? Stephen King has blown me away again. I've been reading him for 30 years or more and I'm rarely disappointed.
There were a couple of flaws in this towards the end, but I won't go into that in the interest of saving spoilers. They were fairly minor points though, and didn't take away from my overall enjoyment.
Great concept, great characters, great sequel. It's awesome to see Danny Torrance all grown up, and I really felt for his character and all he'd had to endure, just in the process of living. The normal stuff he had to go through as well as the gift/burden of having the shining.
Then there's Abra Stone. I loved her - a great second protagonist to go along with Dan. Like a next generation Shining, of sorts.
The True Knot was a pretty cool concept too, though I won't go into the whys of that here. Other secondary characters were great, mainly Dan's friends.
And lots of little nuggets/Easter eggs for the longtime fan to pick up. Heh. 5-stars, for keeping me engaged with every single word....more
This is my fourth Keene read, all of them recent. While the first three all fell into that "entertaining and gory with the occasional chuckle but notThis is my fourth Keene read, all of them recent. While the first three all fell into that "entertaining and gory with the occasional chuckle but not hugely memorable" category, this one steps things up a notch. It's the sequel to The Rising, but it's much better than that first book. Intense....more
Wow, great ending to a great series. This one was almost a letdown after the last two, but it turned into more of a slow build with yet another greatWow, great ending to a great series. This one was almost a letdown after the last two, but it turned into more of a slow build with yet another great payoff. That's a trademark of this series, the endings.
I'm a bit sad that I've finished this. While I didn't ever love it enough to quite give it 5-stars, it came damn close, and it held that 4-4.5 star range beginning to end. The characters were a strong point too, many of them coming to full resolution here in the last book.
It really makes me look forward to Abraham's other fantasy series that starts with The Dragon's Path, as well as getting back with the series he co-authored as James S.A. Corey, The Expanse. ...more
I had to let this one settle on a night's sleep before rating it.
There were times when I wanted to give this book 3-stars, because while I enjoyed itI had to let this one settle on a night's sleep before rating it.
There were times when I wanted to give this book 3-stars, because while I enjoyed it all the way through, it wasn't as tension packed as Book 2 and it moved slowly for most of the book. But then there were times I wanted to give it 5-stars because Hobb further develops characters I have come to love and wraps up all her loose threads nicely.
So I settled on 4, which is good because I didn't like it quite as well as Book 1, which I also rated as 4-star. It was close though, and this makes Book 2 stand out ahead of the others, which it should.
As I said, Hobb ties up the loose ends. It did seem somewhat rushed, as 700 pages went by without a lot of resolution and everything wrapped up in the last couple of chapters. But really it wasn't rushed, as she had been building in subtle fashion towards those endings. It all made sense (even when it didn't) at the end.
Some of the resolutions were quite satisfying: (view spoiler)[Regal's fate was priceless, how Fitz handled Will at the end was perfect, and I loved how the annoying bittersweet plotline with Molly was wrapped up. (hide spoiler)]
All in all, a good conclusion to a very good trilogy.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
At times, this volume feels rather anticlimactic to the previous books in the Warlord series, The Winter King and Enemy of God. That’s probably to beAt times, this volume feels rather anticlimactic to the previous books in the Warlord series, The Winter King and Enemy of God. That’s probably to be expected, as the highlights of Arthur’s career were told in those books. But his story wasn’t over, nor was that of Derfel Cadarn, our narrator who is one of Arthur’s most trusted men.
Loose ends are tied up, storylines come together so that Derfel can rest. There are even still some surprises and twists that we don’t see coming. The tragedies in this one might not hit as close to the heart as in the previous books, but the tone of the entire novel carries a sense of foreboding as we seem to be headed towards the end of the world as Arthur knew it.
It’s a satisfying conclusion to a memorable trilogy, bringing the legend of Arthur and 5th century Britain to a new level of epic storytelling. ...more
What this book had that was better than the first two: Villains. Sinister, creepy villains. Not the cookie-cutter bad demoNice ending to the trilogy.
What this book had that was better than the first two: Villains. Sinister, creepy villains. Not the cookie-cutter bad demons from the first two. Findo Gask and Penny Dreadful were wickedly delicious. Had to love Twitch too, and the whatever-it-was shadow thing (ur'droch).
John Ross was a bit of a dud in this book though; Nest carried the show. I mean, when she was meeting with Gask and Penny, John is just standing around, leaning on his staff. What the hell, man? Are you a Knight of the Word, or what? I got a little fed up with all the "I shouldn't have come here and put you in danger" junk. No, I thought. You shouldn't have come here and stood around like a lump while Nest did all the work. Where I used to work, we had a name for someone like that: a Blister. Because they'd always show up when all the hard work was done.
Anyway, the ending had me scratching my head a bit too. Not the part with Nest, that was awesome. But again, with John Ross. I was like huh?
This is a wonderful book, full of epic suspence. It brings a lot of story threads together in a satisfying way, yet has plenty of surprises and twistsThis is a wonderful book, full of epic suspence. It brings a lot of story threads together in a satisfying way, yet has plenty of surprises and twists and turns. It has wonderful characters that are fully realized and most of them have a great wrap-up for the series.
So why not 5 stars? Like the first two books in the series, this was hovering right about the 4-5 star rating for me the whole way through. If we had half or quarter stars, they would all get 4. something. Book 1 would probably rate in at 4.75 while Book 2 would come in at 4.5. This comes in at 4.25. I rounded down on this rather than up on the first two.
Why? While it was still a great read, it didn't have the same charm as the others. I attribute this to the fact that the best storyline in the series was simply that of Kylar Stern. Book 1 takes us through his childhood and his apprenticeship. It is totally engrossing. Book 2 takes us through his coming to terms with what he is, and trying to be a better person. There is still some of that with this one, but the focus here is more universal. The scales are much bigger. And while that is often a good thing, it makes me nostalgiac for the simpler, darker times of Kylar's early life.
That isn't a negative criticsm. I'm not taking points off because it doesn't have the same story as Book 1. It simply wasn't (to me) quite as engaging. That says more for the rapid hungry pace at which I read Book 1 than anything less than wonderful about Book 3.
But if you like big world epics with awesome magic items, horribly intense monsters, political schemings, wonderful characterizations, and intense subplots, this is definitely a book for you....more