I finished the previous trilogy of The Hythrun Chronicles some months ago, but didn't start right away with this one. It's probably better this way, bI finished the previous trilogy of The Hythrun Chronicles some months ago, but didn't start right away with this one. It's probably better this way, because this story actually takes place about a generation before The Demon Child Trilogy, with some of the characters we already know at a younger age or about to be born.
It's certainly interesting to see where some of them came from, what they were like and how they came to become what they are. If only the author had stuck to fewer points of view. Because this is a good story, unfortunately hampered by too many different points of view, not all of them very interesting. Some chapters could as easily have been seen from the eyes of more interesting characters. I would have preferred to see more of Marla, or Wrayan, and I regret we don't get to know Laran more. And more importantly I would have preferred a smoother storyline, with less jumps for one character to another, and less gaps in the time-line.
I'll find out in the next book if it gets better....more
This second part of the Wolfblade Trilogy is thankfully better than the first, with a smoother storyline, but still with a bit too much of jumps betweThis second part of the Wolfblade Trilogy is thankfully better than the first, with a smoother storyline, but still with a bit too much of jumps between points of view.
The story evolves around the Wolfblade gang, a close-knit enlarged family, with Marla pulling the strings from afar, doing everything she can to protect her family....more
This story is mainly about Damin Wolfblade growing in stature, from an exuberant youth to a commanding warlord. And it also brings the satisfaction ofThis story is mainly about Damin Wolfblade growing in stature, from an exuberant youth to a commanding warlord. And it also brings the satisfaction of seeing a few bad guys getting what they deserve before the end.
This conclusion of the Wolfblade Trilogy is also a bit of a prelude to the Demon Child Trilogy, because even though I've read it before (and I think it's better to read in that order), I'm interested to read it again after, because the developments in Wolfblade probably will cast a new light on what happens in Demon Child....more
I read The Farseer Trilogy 2 or 3 times in French before I got it in English, and then I read it again along with the Tawny Man Trilogy. The story isI read The Farseer Trilogy 2 or 3 times in French before I got it in English, and then I read it again along with the Tawny Man Trilogy. The story is so gripping I couldn't put the book down. The characters are very deep and vivid, especially the main character, who grows up along the pages as he learns from his mistakes.
FitzChivalry is just a little boy when he is torn from the security of his home and is handed to his father's man, Burrich, a gruff and solitary man who is more at ease with animals than with people. An ignorant and careless boy, but also a prince's bastard, he gets tangled into court intrigues, struggling to have a life of his own. As he grows and learns, he also becomes aware of two kinds of magic he possesses: the Wit, the despised old magic, and the Skill, which runs in the royal family's bloodline. But apart from these gifts, he's just an ordinary boy, taking silly decisions on an impulse, making a fool of himself in his awakening to love, never listening to the wise advice of his elders. Yet he manages to survive, barely.
Following his tumultuous life, as he's never far from the main action, is a journey in itself, crossing the path of real life characters, some being strange or mysterious. It will take you across the Six Duchies as well as in the life of Fitz and the people evolving around him.
One last word: music. While I was reading this series, I listened to Blackmore's Night albums (Shadow of the Moon and Under the Violet Moon), and I think this music fits very well with the medieval feel of the story. Since then the story and the music are intertwined in my head. Maybe my urge to read on was fuelled by the passion in this music, the story and the music together were intoxicating....more
A badly chosen main character in my opinion, I think I would have prefered Spink's viewpoint, or even Gord's, who seemed to be stronger characters. AsA badly chosen main character in my opinion, I think I would have prefered Spink's viewpoint, or even Gord's, who seemed to be stronger characters. As a result, I didn't enjoy this story as much as I could have hoped, having read before the Farseer trilogy. Nevare is no Fitz Chivalry....more
I managed to get to the end of this second book, but I don't have the courage to follow the main character in a third one. I found him so dull and uniI managed to get to the end of this second book, but I don't have the courage to follow the main character in a third one. I found him so dull and uninteresting as to make this story painful to read. As in the first book, I deeply regret we're stuck with him when there are more active characters around....more
Two stars is a little harsh, but I had a hard time reading this book so I can't give it three. If one day we have half-stars, it will be two and a halTwo stars is a little harsh, but I had a hard time reading this book so I can't give it three. If one day we have half-stars, it will be two and a half. Maybe I had too high expectations for it because I liked a lot The Pride of Chanur. Both are stories of the encounter of humans with aliens on alien territory. Where Chanur is a space adventure seen from the point of view of the aliens, Foreigner is about the diplomatic struggles of the main character, Bren, the human envoy in the alien court.
The book begins with a kind of prologue showing the humans' arrival on the alien planet and ending with the first contact with an alien. Then the story jumps in time to a point where diplomatic relations are established between humans and aliens since several generations. I was a little disappointed by this sudden change, because the first contact could have been interesting. Instead, we get stuck with Bren. He's of the anti-hero type, not very courageous, not very smart, just doing his job, that is trying to understand the alien way of thinking well enough to maintain peace between the two species. He's clearly overpowered by the superior strength and cleverness of the aliens and only manages to stay a step ahead thanks to his knowledge of human advanced technology. My problem with this character is that he thinks way too much when he gets bored and it happens a lot. We regularly get trapped in his head with random thoughts and fears bouncing around, and each time I hoped someone would put an end to his misery. Some relief come when he's roughed a little bit, but the real action is mainly in the last hundred pages.
Still, I can understand why a lot of people liked this book. There are some really interesting ideas about the difficulty of communicating with an alien species, and how advanced technology doesn't mean superiority. As long as you don't look for action. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for it....more