Elantris is a pretty decent first novel, but it has its flaws. It is split into three storylines that take place at the same time and is more a politiElantris is a pretty decent first novel, but it has its flaws. It is split into three storylines that take place at the same time and is more a political thriller than a classic fantasy novel.
The Problem for me was that I had problems with different aspects of all three character storys. I loved Raoden's story in Elantris, but his chracter was just a bit too perfect for my taste. With Hrathen it was exactly the opposite: He is one of the most interesting book characters I know, but his story was a bit flat.And at first I didn't like Sarene and her political intrigue plot at all.
The novel gets pretty interesting in the middle, when the three plots start to overlap more. But sadly that is also the point where the story rushes on. I had no problems with the ending itself, but it all happened a bit too quick for my taste....more
**spoiler alert** This is clearly the best book of all Harry Potter Novels. It's bigger than the first three books and marks the change from child boo**spoiler alert** This is clearly the best book of all Harry Potter Novels. It's bigger than the first three books and marks the change from child books to young-adult audience. It is the turnpoint in the saga and the story of the book is also very good.
The story with the two other schools is a very good way to stir things up for the old hogwarts stories. The Triwizard Tournament is action-packed and interesting. But more important: The kids finally grow up a bit. Romance becomes an issue. Lord Voldemort finally returns. Goblet of Fire has everything! ...more
I didn't like the final book as much as the others because it has one big problem: The Harry POV. Because Harry Potter has to hide in this book, mostI didn't like the final book as much as the others because it has one big problem: The Harry POV. Because Harry Potter has to hide in this book, most of it doesn't take place in Hogwarts or even London. Harry has to hide and because of this most of the story is pretty boring. All the important stuff happens elsewhere. But the ending is great of course, when we finally get into the action again....more
**spoiler alert** I read a lot of good reviews about this book and I tend to agree with most of them. Why only 3 stars then?
Well, all characters excep**spoiler alert** I read a lot of good reviews about this book and I tend to agree with most of them. Why only 3 stars then?
Well, all characters except for Kvothe and Denna feel like hollow side characters to me. This may be intentional since the story is told from Kvothe's POV. But I never got warm with Wil, Sim and the teachers and I never really hated Ambrose and Hemme. And everything and everyone in the present is just shrouded in mysteries... like Bast. ;)
But the important part is: Although I love the world, all the mysteries and Kvothe's story, this is hardly a complete book. It is 1/3 of a big story and this book is the foundation for Kvothe's character - a typical coming of age story. The events and story itself are not very fast and spectacular. The Finale with the draccus is also rather disappointing. The really interesting parts (The Chandrian, Killing Kings, Developments in the present) will all happen in the next two books.
Don't get me wrong - the book is not boring. Actually it's surprisingly interesting for "just a introduction". And that's something Patrick Rothfuss is doing extremely good. I would decribe it a a "very quiet" fanatsy book, but it's so fascinating and I can't say why. Kudos to Rothfuss!
But I can't just give an incomplete book 4 or 5 stars. This is not like a standalone Harry Potter book with a few story-arc developments. Not even like a Wheel of Time book that also stands alone in some of its developments. TNotW feels like a incomplete third of Kvothe's life. You have to read the whole thing. But I can honestly say, if the rest is like the introduction, the complete Kingkiller Chronicle will easily get 5 stars from me....more
- The Setting: Red Sky, disturbing city, the bad guy won 1000 years ago
- The Two Main Characters: TheThere are so much things I love about this book:
- The Setting: Red Sky, disturbing city, the bad guy won 1000 years ago
- The Two Main Characters: The characterization of Vin is just great. This novel is about trust and how Vin has to overcome her fear. Kelsier is hands down one of my favorite novel characters. His humor, his determination... fantastic!
- The Story: Sanderson intended Mistborn to be a heist-story where every crew member has different talents and is needed to overthrow the final Empire. He succeeded.
Just two things that ruined the fun for me a bit:
1. Sanderson has a bit of a "repetitive situation"-theme going on. That means that the main character has to go through several similar meetings with a different knowledge base. Vin going to a nobleman's ball is interesting the first time, but please not over and over again. This reminded me also of "Elantris" where Sarene has to go to partys.
2. Although I know that Sanderson's trademark is a interesting new magic system, he has to be careful that it doesn't serve self purpose so much. Allomancy and its explanation is great in the beginning an where its important for the future story, but I do not want to read pages of detailed fight-instructions for future Allomancers....more
**spoiler alert** I have to give the whole book 2 stars, because it was "just ok". The ending was of course very good and original, but you have to wo**spoiler alert** I have to give the whole book 2 stars, because it was "just ok". The ending was of course very good and original, but you have to work yourself through 400 painful pages. My main problems:
- STORY: Brandon said he wanted the book stand on its own. In my opinion, he failed completely in that regard. The biggest part of the book deals with the consequences of the first novel. The last 50 pages are exposition for the last novel.
- STRUCTURE AND PACE: The Pace of the first 350 pages is horrible. The story could be compressed to maybe 50 pages and deals with the siege of Luthadel and Elend's struggle as King and boring politics. It starts to get interesting at the first climax at around page 450 (Vin kills Zane)! Then the typical "Brandon Avalance" hits and its all resolved and very rushed. Only the last 50 pages deal with the Well of Ascension and are nothing more than a teaser for book 3... but to be fair, they are very good.
- CARACTERS: Okay Kelsier was my favourite character in book 1 and after TWoA I know why: He tied together the whole crew. In this book the crew is absolutely shallow and unimportant. Some of them were so obsolete that Brandon noticed this and killed them off (Clubs, Dockson). Main Characters are of course Vin, Elend and Sazed. The Terrisman is great and the best character in the book. His inner struggles are great, his relationship with Tindwyl is subtle, yet intersting. But to be honest I found the love-relationship of Elend/Vin very boring and especially Elend is very uninteresting. Also no surprise that he has to become an Allomancer, even Mistborn, because there would be nothing to write about him in book three. I just hope we won't see a "Vin trains Elend"-theme in the final novel. So every main character is now a superhero (except maybe Spook) because the author ran out of ideas.
I really can't understand why many people rate this book so high. Maybe it's the fantastic finale and the end leaves them with a false impression of joy. But the Well-ending doesn't even belong to the mains story of the book and I believe that you shouldn't have to work through 450 pages to come to the interesting parts. Read "The Final Empire", then the summary of book two and then "The Hero of Ages"....more