Yeah, right, assassin's apprentice my foot, ok, you got me. Of course there'll be assassination, plenty of them, BUT.. in this book there's so much morYeah, right, assassin's apprentice my foot, ok, you got me. Of course there'll be assassination, plenty of them, BUT.. in this book there's so much more. This is a story about growing up without your mom, your dad and even your NAME, for god sake. Sometimes a men without a name is stronger than a man with a name, even if that man is named “regal”, well my dear Regal, first above all you’re not regal AT ALL, you’re a deceptive little bastard and I want you do die and die suffering.
All right, that said I’m a sucker for stories about puppies and dog in general, I love the generous and disinterested sacrifice that only a loyal dog can make to protect his dear owner, it just… I don’t know… It’s really moving… and well, in this book it doesn’t happen one time, nor two time, but three time! What the duck is happening here, my little heart is shattered to pieces, I’m overflowing with emotion. I like how the animals aren’t used instrumentally or just to replenish a void in the plot or things like that, they’ve a central role in the book: fitz/the boy/new boy/ chivalry son/ the bastard/ the fucking bastard/ the bastard son of chivalry… ENOUGH! Just stop, please, this was clear he’s a bastard get over with it! Ok, sorry, what I was saying? Oh, right, the PROTAGONIST/ the main character/ the main bastard ( because there are a lot of bastard – in disguise – oh, you laid nobleman, I’ll cut you’re little pee-wee!) sorry I’m indulging too much on this topic, well, fitz was insulted, berated, humiliated, abandoned ecc… but he found genuine love in the “mind” of his little puppy-friend. Yes, I’ve said “mind”, he can read the mind of an animal and this power is called wit, he can share al kind of sensation, emotion, smell… there’s lots of smelling! When I was reading I was like: ok he’s walking down the street and he smells lots of things, oh, good lad, you’ve a real good nose! NO, WAIT! He’s using the nose of his dog? What the… But wait, that’s not ALL! Because there’s the wit but he has also the SKILL! Ok, what skill? No, the skill! You already said that, what skill!? The skill! *flipping the table* Don’t talk to me, ever again!
The skill is the power to read mind, well It wasn’t so hard to say, was it? And why you didn’t call it “mindreading”? oh, yes, maybe because “dogsniffing” isn’t a great name for a super- magic -power, LOL.
Well the thing is that fitz has the skill, he’s skilled indeed hehe and eventually he will undertake the training in the skill, and I was like “yessss, I was waiting this moment for 300 pages!” but it was not how I thought it would be, it was beeeetter and why? Because of burrich!
Ok, now, lets talk about burrich, he’s great! he’s like hagrid from harry potter, but a little grumpier! And he hate the wit, yes, no joking… “If you use the wit, I won’t talk with you, I’ll reclude myself in the stable!” well, no shit! The surprise is that this threat worked! Ok, more or less, what did you expect? It isnt’ that threatening LOL I love burrich, I want to hug him! I hate the bitch though… yes, ducking bitch! You broke my heart! Stick one of your candle up to… Your chandelier XD
This book was really refreshing, great plot, great characters, great names (ok, maybe not), great dogs! Hence the five stars. And the fool is great too!
Leesha relationship with love is still problematic and I feel that its development is not quite natural-realistI enjoyed this one more thant the last!
Leesha relationship with love is still problematic and I feel that its development is not quite natural-realistic-like... but this is the weakness of this author so...
BUT the whole pov of jardir was awesome! Now we can UNDERSTAND the why of his actions, and this adds a whole new layer of depht to story.
Another thing I liked was the chance di delve deep in the mind of the demon princes. looking a the word through the eyes of a demon is something that chages your perspective... AGAIN!
Even Arlen matures a lot in this second installement, he comes to peace with himself, looking in the eye of the pure evil changes his PERSPECTIVE and he understands that he's human. and what does it mean to be a human being? being human means to care about people, wanting to protect them, sometimes feeling alone and sad... but mostly being able to LOVE. And in this book Arlen, who was always bitching about freedom, finally undestands that he has yet to free himself from his fears: he fears to be more a demon thant a human, he fears that he will be forever alone, he fears that he won't find LOVE.
BUT at the very end he breaks his chains, he frees his mind, literally, and embraces love, fully, without reserves.
well, NOW! Now he defeated the real demon, the demon inside himself, the fear of losing again his a person (his mother) dear to him.
Good, good, good, soooo good!
there are defects, of course, my eyes can catch them, but I don't mind them, beacuse there is so much to love about this book *_*...more
Usually I don't like vampire stories, I try to avoid any conceivable declension of the paranormal romance as a genre.
Why? Because I can't stand authorsUsually I don't like vampire stories, I try to avoid any conceivable declension of the paranormal romance as a genre.
Why? Because I can't stand authors that try to convince me that vampires are normal people, they just have super powers, but that aside they can fall in love and are incommensurately, if not painfully, hot!
OK, now snap out of it! they're not cute, they're not lovable and definitively not "people"!
they're monsters that kill humans to live XD
I can't really explain why I approached this short story, maybe because of the cover, who knows?
But I read it all in one breath, and was rather pleased when I finished it.
Yes! I almost liked it!
In this short story the vampire is a monster, he doesn't understand humans, he's something else, something alien to humankind, older, stronger and he struggles to fit in. He has a human wife and he has feelings for her, an affection, a link that even he can't quite put into words.
Is it love? No.
He doesn't understand love. He has a son too, and he feels linked to him too.
He loves him? I don't think that is love. Maybe a more gelid and shriveled form of love. But again, it's more of a link, something that keeps you connected... chained down.
his heart doesn't beat, his mind is glacial and powerful, his limbs are strong and... when he sees his prey, he's ready to seize it.
It seems that the only real feeling he's capable of experience is the hunger, the lust in the hunt.
and that is how ti should be!
the only thing that made me eyeroll a bit is that he can walk under the sun without problems.
We don't like this stuff
He doesn't glitter, but still...
I'm really traditional and fussy when it comes to this things.
But don't get me wrong, our vampire can bear feellings, vampire feelings though. And the author without trying too hard manages to move the reader.
Sometimes a tiny flame, that burns on a glacier, is warmer than a huge bonfire with glittering abs. ...more
**spoiler alert** Ouch... I'm out of breath, this book delivered a solid punch into my guts, right now I'm curled on the floor, leave me alone for a b**spoiler alert** Ouch... I'm out of breath, this book delivered a solid punch into my guts, right now I'm curled on the floor, leave me alone for a bit, please...
Ok, let's start with some numbers 4,5 -> the stars this book deserves 0 -> the times i could foretell what was going to happen, hence why i fell knocked out over 9000 (actually this quote is wrong, it was 8k in the manga lol) -> the times I gripped my blanket or grinned or punched my fist up with joy just to fall down in desperation a moment later.
Ok, this book is about ANGER, anger towards everybody and anything. Fitz ha serious anger issues, he's always bossed around from... well EVERYBODY! The king, verity, patience, burrich, Chade, ecc... He can't have a moment of peace for himself, just a scratch of freedom to decide what to do with his life. He has always something important to do, some war to fight, a plot to unmask and he try to attend at all this things together but it's just too much, he's just a boy, so he snaps and go berserk and hurts the people he loves the most.
So this book is titled "royal assassin", well, why fitz couldn't do some assassin stuff on... uhm, let me think, on REGAL! Yes, I know, I promised... are you crazy!? The guy is trying to kill his own father! just kill him! Ok, I get it, too easy lol
You know what? I think molly is pregnant, at first I thought she just lied about having another one in her life, but then I thought "nah, she must be pregnant", well, I suppose I will find out soon enough XD
Being the anger a destructive thing, a poison, the artermath doesn't surprise hehe An assassin that poison himself with anger, drown himself in anger and then he lose everything, and I mean it. Yes, the second thing this book is about is LOSS, he loses his girlfriend, his friend, the respect of his friends and of all the coastal duchies, he loses his king and his fight against Regal. Ultimately he loses his life too.
And it will smack you in the face... Like this book has done with me. Everything that happened has been for a purpose, evWhat goes around comes around.
And it will smack you in the face... Like this book has done with me. Everything that happened has been for a purpose, even if we traveled a long read to get from nowhere to the utter nothing, and the whole business has been nothing short of meaningless.
Nothing has changed.
'I was hoping times changed.' 'Times never change. You have to be realistic, Dogman.' 'Aye. Shame, though.'
What was all that about then? It's about understanding how things works.
Everybody lies. We tell lies about everything and to everyone, but most of all, we lie to ourselves. We talk ourselves into thinking that we can change, that we can do something meaningful, and leave a mark on this bastard of a world, for good.
But the sorry fact, the one we don't want to aknowledge, is that the world will keep rolling around on its way, and we can't will it to a stop or change its direction.
But we try, we like to picture ourselves as the hero, the masters of our destiny. And we're good at convincing, we're the master of lies.
But the bigger lies, are the ones we keep repeating to ourselves. The lies that define our character.
That would have been the realistic thing. But it was just the way that Logen's father had always said… He'd never been that realistic.
This book was honest and rutheless. It was hard and grim. Cold like winter and bitter like the memory of an old summer. It's the kind of book that leaves you sprawled on the floor, knocked out.
Say one thing about this book, say it's fucking good....more
Il voto forse è un po' di 4 stelle, ma visto che non si può segnare ne ho lasciate 4. Adesso che ho finito tutta la saga posso dare un voto complessivoIl voto forse è un po' di 4 stelle, ma visto che non si può segnare ne ho lasciate 4. Adesso che ho finito tutta la saga posso dare un voto complessivo e direi un 4,5 non glielo toglie nessuno.
Per tutta la lettura del libro ho sentito come un senso di incompletezza, durante i libri precedenti e anche all'inizio di questo gli eventi sembravano indicare un'evoluzione nei rapporti tra fitz e il suo amico, c'era sempre qualcosa di nascosto di non detto nella sua fisicità e in altri momenti detto chiaramente ma poi ignorato che mi ha sempre fatto pensare a un determinato risultato, ma non c'è stato.
Forse è solo la mia immaginazione ma ho sentito che l'autrice ha cambiato idea a metà strada concependo un altro finale. forse era inevitabile, del resto fitz è colui che cambia le cose, che prende decisioni e cambia il futuro ed evidentemente è riuscito a cambiare anche il corso della trama.
Fatta questa premessa, molto personale, devo dire che la narrazione come al solito è molto curata, si approfondiscono bene i personaggi e c'è un'effettiva evoluzione nelle dinamiche e nei rapporti che risulta piuttosto naturale, con mi soddisfazione.
La hobb è riuscita quindi davvero a non lasciare buchi, fili in sospeso a dare una fine definita al suo lavoro, un happy endind in cui ognuno trova la sua strada e si sistema.
Tuttavia nel voler dare a tutti il loro brandello di felicità ha chiuso la porta a sviluppi che potevano essere ancor più interessanti ma rimarrano, com'è logico, solo nella mia immaginazione. Quanto mi piacerebbe poter riscrivere la seconda metà del libro, eppure facendolo cancellerei eventi che pure mi sono piaciuti e mi hanno soddisfatto.
Evidentemente sono sentimenti contrastanti, ma è sicuramente una saga che rileggerò con piacere da qui a qualche anno.
E chissà che non ci sia anche un seguito per fitz e company, chissà... Sì, ci sarà sicuramente lol...more
this book was really good, this is kind of books is just my cup of tea: I love a good coming of age story and this time I didn't got one, but4,5 stars
this book was really good, this is kind of books is just my cup of tea: I love a good coming of age story and this time I didn't got one, but three! So I was pretty happy.
the fighting scenes were really good, the narration is fast paced and action packed. the only thing I disliked was the way the author managed the romantic bits: the way leesha fells in love is too simplicistic and rushed, feelings need time to grow, you can't fall in love in one night and after... well, what happend to her was not the most pleasing experience lol
It was a fun and quick read. it's obviously a take on the princess and the pea fairy tale, but with a humorous twist.
Even if the whole tale spins arounIt was a fun and quick read. it's obviously a take on the princess and the pea fairy tale, but with a humorous twist.
Even if the whole tale spins around a penis joke, it never gets its hands dirty. There's definitively some class and honorable self restraint in the narration, and it never gets indecent. Everything is wrapped up in silk and knowing laughs.
The author manages to walk on thin line without falling down. Good job.
The end is heartwarming enough.
I'd say 3,5 stars, meaning that I solidly liked it....more
This book was so good! And I liked this book better than the first.
At the end of some chapters I found myself hands in the hair, fist pumping This book was so good! And I liked this book better than the first.
At the end of some chapters I found myself hands in the hair, fist pumping a big and resounding YES! Most of my cheers where for the bloody nine, but all the characters had their win moments. Maybe except Quai, the boring Quai who is resumed only when the author must explain something through the mouth of Bayaz.
One of the things I appreciated the most is that the story doesn't get stuck in a repetitive traveling loop, with a boring alternation of riding, making the camp, eating, rising early, more riding and so on... I've seen this in many books, and it's a thing that I can't stand. So boring.
But in this book, Abercrombie, god bless him, uses the fast-forward button
Do you remember the good old map with the airplane?
OK, now let's summarize the pros and cons
d__(■◡■ ) The characters that we met in the first book start to grow and develop. Actually everything develops and grows bigger: the relationships deepen, the characters become more complex and we get to explore them and their idiosyncrasies, the plot starts to unravel.
d__(•_• ) I grew accustomed to the use of interjections and onomatopoeias, and I have to admit that Abercrombie finds clever ways to employ them.
(⌐▼益▼)--p Quai is useless and Bayaz is dusted only for dull explanations and to blow up minions.
d__(■◡■ ) Logen is the boss and Ferro is awesome.
d__(•_•) The alternation between the povs is smooth and smart, although sometimes there's a slight excess in the rotation.
( •_•)--p I would have liked a pov for an eater or someone within the Gurkul empire, or maybe Bethod (?)
d__(T_T ) I love how people can die, get scarred or remain seriously injured. In this book you can't fuck around, things are real.
"Life is cheap out here alright"
( •_•)--p well, that fucking navigator lol he's funny and I like him, but...
"Never around when you want him, only turns up to eat and boast for hours on end!" I think that sums it up XD
Ok, and now some other quote to ice this cake of a review
Logen: I push it all into the dark corners of my mind, and it’s incredible the room back there. Amazing what one can live with.
Dumb eater: ‘I am dead already! My body is nothing but dust! It belongs to the Prophet! Try as you might, you will learn nothing from me!’ Glokta smiled. He could almost feel the warmth of the flames, far below, on his face. ‘That sounds like a challenge.’
Logen the loving poet: I hope my cock ain’t that disappointing, but it won’t reach you over there.
Ferro being a boss: ‘Books,’ she snorted. ‘Waste of fucking time". well, my dear, I know it will be a shock, but you're actually a character in a book ha ha
the Furious: he was too angry? It was so unfair he almost choked on his rage. And that's why he's called furious ha ha
Say one thing for this book, say it's character driven.
I reckon that there are solid characters of flesh and bone. Many of them.
the most important chaSay one thing for this book, say it's character driven.
I reckon that there are solid characters of flesh and bone. Many of them.
the most important characters are obviously Glotka, the crippled torturer, and logen, the bloody nine.
"Say one thing for Logen Ninefingers, and one thing only, say he's a killer".
But if you were in the mood to say more than one thing, the list could grow considerably and with ease. If you ask me, Logen's above all a practical man:
"You have to learn to love the small things in life, like a hot bath. You have to love the small things, when you've nothing else".
Ok, now let's delve ankle deep in to the mud, what I didn't like about this book?
The plot is almost absent, it's as if the whole book were a long and delicious prologue that let you but glimpse what the story is about. Everything is laid down before you eyes, and when the time comes to stir things up, the book meets his end.
Another thing that I disliked is the use of onomatopoeias, it's a new idea, it's Abercrombie's style, alright, but I can't stomach it, it feels weird.
the last thing that I want to bitch about is the excessive number of povs in the same chapter. Yes, it confers dynamism to the narration, ok, but I feel shoved back and forth until I'm out of breath and I crush on my knees begging "please, stop this madness!". Fortunately enough he use this expedient rarely, so it's not a problem, really.
All in all, it's a great book, and I'm certain the next book will be even better.
I read some discussions about the grittiness of the book, the bad language and stuff... But it's a normal book. Of course, if you expect that a Northerner warrior and a torturer will spend the time playing bridge, the fist law for you is to find help, psychiatric help XD
Diciamo 3 e mezzo come valutazione. Ci sono state alcune scelte forse un po' troppo buoniste, ma alla fine l'autore è riuscito a lasciare aperta la poDiciamo 3 e mezzo come valutazione. Ci sono state alcune scelte forse un po' troppo buoniste, ma alla fine l'autore è riuscito a lasciare aperta la porta per un nuovi libri senza troppe forzature. Certi momenti però molto belli....more
Come nei precedenti romanzi negli ultimi capitoli c'è il bossazzo finale e naturalmente uccidendolo non si risolve una minchia XD Il resto del libro èCome nei precedenti romanzi negli ultimi capitoli c'è il bossazzo finale e naturalmente uccidendolo non si risolve una minchia XD Il resto del libro è tutto una corri qua e là a cavolo e succede poco o niente di rilevante per l'avanzamento della storia....more