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Several reviewers have already summarized the plot, so I'll skip that here. Wha...moreThanks to goodreads First Reads program for a free copy of this novel.
Several reviewers have already summarized the plot, so I'll skip that here. What I would like to say is that I enjoyed A Flight of Marewings. The setting and story struck me as the same vein Tamora Pierce, who is one of my personal favorites. The fantasy world was reasonably well thought out, interesting, and leaves a lot of room for future stories.
That said, I didn't love the main character. I didn't dislike her, but I want to love my protagonist, and Korinna didn't do a ton for me. She was okay. I also didn't really get the relationships between Korinna and most of the other characters, particularly her potential spouse Galenos and his brother Varranor; I felt a bit like the author wasn't sure who Korinna was going to end up with, and didn't decide until the end. I would have liked to be happy when Korinna finally settled on a man, and I found I really didn't care either way.
From a technical stand point, there were half a dozen or so errors that looked like the author had started a rewrite but didn't finish editing the entire sentence. Also one or two small plot inconsistencies, but nothing major on that front.
Overall, I am still looking forward to the next installment. I'm curious to see how Walker will treat Korinna's newest adventure, or if she'll switch gears and we'll see a different part of the world. (less)
More like another 2.5, though better than the first Crusade - Jenn is finally showing some spunk, and there wasn't nearly so much time wasting. Still,...moreMore like another 2.5, though better than the first Crusade - Jenn is finally showing some spunk, and there wasn't nearly so much time wasting. Still, not a lot happened considering it's a 500 page book.(less)
In some ways I liked this book best out of the trilogy - there's a fair amount of action, and it feels directed and not aimless, unlike the first two....moreIn some ways I liked this book best out of the trilogy - there's a fair amount of action, and it feels directed and not aimless, unlike the first two. Also, Jenn sucks a lot less. She comes into her role as a leader and is so less annoying.
Still though, the plot overall was on the confusing side and seemed to leave a lot of things out. How did all the warriors manage to gather in Transylvania for the big battle? Given previous descriptions of travel, it would seem rather hard for people all over the world to come to vampire-infested territory with weapons and food, even if they got the word on where to be. Also, Jenn's sudden knowledge of military tactics baffled me - and that none of the other [older, more experienced] troop leaders tried to usurp her. The entire final battle was just mystifying - the bit with the virus was way to easy and convenient (if it was so easy to do and spread worldwide anyway, why wasn't it released as soon as it was ready?), and I still don't understand why Jenn and Antonio's romance was so crucial to the final outcome.
Anyway, this probably would have been a 2.5->3 star book for me, but I'm docking a point for confusion and nonsense. (less)