I read this book with the metaphorical equivalent of my mouth hanging open, thinking "Wow!" Were it not for the heinous cliff hanger I would have giveI read this book with the metaphorical equivalent of my mouth hanging open, thinking "Wow!" Were it not for the heinous cliff hanger I would have given it a resounding five stars. As it is I can only give it 4 and think of it as 4.5 or 9 of 10. It should be noted that I really hate cliff hangers and think they are unfair and manipulative devices that should come with warnings on covers so that the reader can choose to opt in or out. This book had no such warning. Fortunately, it's an old series so I can just jump right in knowing that there are many more books in the series so surely there should be a satisfying resolution in there somewhere.
Enough about reader interruptus.
The book jumps right into it's epic, high fantasy story without contrived situations serving as world building. It's sink or swim when you dive into lore that is thick and heavy and, at least at first, a bit like swimming in molasses. It's rich and heavy and in some places sweet but it pulls you in and embraces you and whispers sweet nothings to you, revealing deeper and deeper depths with each and every situation all while hinting that there is so much more that is still unseen.
I couldn't put this book down. I'm dying to know what happens in this story....more
Again, I would give it a five star rating without question if it didn't end on a NASTY cliff hanger. So, iI couldn't put this down. Incredible story.
Again, I would give it a five star rating without question if it didn't end on a NASTY cliff hanger. So, it gets four. I'm greatful that the series is so far advanced. I'd be swearing it off if I had to wait a year or more to get the rest of the story.
Four short stories relevant to the original trilogy. They fill in the gaps, tie up some semi-loose ends, and fatten up some characters development. IFour short stories relevant to the original trilogy. They fill in the gaps, tie up some semi-loose ends, and fatten up some characters development. I enjoyed it and would read more about these characters.
I should note that I skipped book 4 because it's a bit of a prequel to the trilogy. I wanted to read more about these characters first. I'll probably go back and read book #4 at some point in the future.
This one was pretty good. It was nice to visit the much beloved characters but didn't have the feel of "epic" that the original trilogy and even the sThis one was pretty good. It was nice to visit the much beloved characters but didn't have the feel of "epic" that the original trilogy and even the subsequent book of short stories had. Still, not a bad read all in all....more
I enjoyed all four of these novellas quite a lot. I haven't read the "spin-off" books (#4, 7, 8) yet but there were only a couple of references that lI enjoyed all four of these novellas quite a lot. I haven't read the "spin-off" books (#4, 7, 8) yet but there were only a couple of references that led me to believe having read them would have increased my understanding. Even so, I don't feel like not having read them yet diminished my enjoyment or understanding of the stories in this book at all.
They were all excellent stories, deepening my connection with the characters and the world. Each story becoming increasingly bitter sweet.
I have to be honest, I swung between bawling like a baby and grinning like an idiot through nearly all of the last story. It's a game changer.
Well done book that took the emotional investment in the characters to date and ramped it up several notches.
Now I'm going to read 4, 7, & 8.
****************************** It only seems like I'm jumping around. #4 is a prequel and 7 & 8 are related to #4. I'm treating those three like a spin off series and reading the ones related to the original trilogy first.
3.5 stars. Book #4 in the series, but it's a prequel to the original trilogy.
It's a good, quick read. It essentially sets up an explanation for how th3.5 stars. Book #4 in the series, but it's a prequel to the original trilogy.
It's a good, quick read. It essentially sets up an explanation for how they did the resolution in book 3, the magic that was done. It's set up like a stand alone romance, though. There are moments when it's extremely emotionally evocative and other times when it seems a bit fluffy but I think I'm comparing it to the other books and how invested I eventually became in those characters. Unfair, I know, because I haven't had the same time to get as invested in these characters. The end felt a bit abrupt.
Anyway, it's not a bad read and it gives a bit more insight into what Daemon Sadi's earlier life was like, too (although Daemon is only a minor character in this book). I'll read the other two associated with this storyline....more
It was a good continuation of the story line from book #4, which was the prequel. This book jumps forward in the timeline to about 2 years after the mIt was a good continuation of the story line from book #4, which was the prequel. This book jumps forward in the timeline to about 2 years after the mega event in book #3. I found the ending a bit abrupt, but not an intentional cliff hanger, more like a pregnant pause in the story.
There was a lot of the original trilogy characters in this. They had their own storyline going as a side line arc. It was good, if a bit confusing. Almost like it was two marginally overlapping short stories that had been blended together. Still, it was a good read....more
I'm torn when writing this review and am vascillating between a 3 and a 4 but don't feel like making it a definitive 3.5. I wonder if it's one of thosI'm torn when writing this review and am vascillating between a 3 and a 4 but don't feel like making it a definitive 3.5. I wonder if it's one of those things that I'll feel more fondly of it later, after it's set with me for a while. So let me tell you what I liked and what I didn't like.
The book is high fantasy set in an alternate world with medieval or better tech and social structures, sorcery (by the very privileged few) and alchemy and the products of alchemy as a way of life. There are allusions to a much higher tech previous ancient race who for unknown reasons abandoned massive structures made of impervious glass but the humans who have moved in and taken over these structures and grown their own societies up around them don't really know anything about these beings.
The story is predominantly about a group of thieves and it's written in a style that unfolds both the story of here-and-now and the histories of the primary characters, consequently the book jumps back and forth in the timeline quite often. Overall it is artfully done, allowing us to learn why any one character has a skill or why a contemporary event is significant for that character in a way that isn't a blatantly obvious explanation/ reveal and feels more like the gradual progression of the story.
However, and this is the part I found most vexing and the part that made it difficult for me to really immerse myself completely in the book, the author often employs a bit of a mini cliff hanger technique while jumping back and forth, doling out little pieces of a history and stopping it at a critical point to jump forward about a different character and cycle through the other characters before coming back to the original mini cliff hanger.
I realize for many people this would extend the excitement but that is not how I am wired. When I feel toyed with I pretty immediately lose interest and so for the first 350 pages of this 500 or so page book I had trouble remaining engaged. The information was rich, the prose was intelligent and well crafted, the characters were engaging - the mini cliff hangers bored me to tears.
However, after about the 400th or so page all the threads began to weave together and there wasn't a lot left to cliff hang in the histories, the story began to progress and hurtle towards its resolution at a very gripping pace with several surprises and satisfying resolutions.
The end was a tightly written end that left plenty of room for further adventures but didn't leave me wanting at all.
I intend to read the next book and I've marked the third book to pick up when it is released later this year. I'm interested in these characters and definitely connected to them, but I won't jump right into the second book. I feel rather saturated with it at the moment....more