Just a quick review since I left a gushing one for The Thief which is the book that begins this outrageously wonderful YA series by Megan Whalen Turne...moreJust a quick review since I left a gushing one for The Thief which is the book that begins this outrageously wonderful YA series by Megan Whalen Turner.
This book could easily be spoiled, so I won't say much. It's darker than its predecessor, but the payoff is excellent. Exciting, suspenseful and emotional, it's the first book I literally walked around the house reading while continuing to try to do my chores. I could not put it down.
While The Thief is told in the first person, this one is told in the third person from a couple of different POVs. The switch works well, considering the progression of the story line.
Yes ... I do love this series. Yes ... I do want you to read it.
This is the third in Megan Whalen Turner's "Queen's Thief" series and it's many people's favorite. It's an amazing book. If you've read the first two...moreThis is the third in Megan Whalen Turner's "Queen's Thief" series and it's many people's favorite. It's an amazing book. If you've read the first two books of the series -- The Thief and The Queen of Attolia -- you might think nothing can surprise you, but you'll be wrong.
And I highly recommend reading these books in order. It enhances the experience immeasurably. Those who have read them out of order always say they wish they hadn't because each story sets up the next one so eloquently.
Each of these books is a fairly quick read. What will take time is you going back to reread all the wonderful dialogue and starting over at the beginning to catch every little bit you might have missed.
I'm such a fangirl of this series it's embarrassing. Turner takes years in between books, but they really do seem to be worth the wait. The next in the series is coming out in spring of 2010. Needless to say, I can't wait.
If you have teenagers who love to read -- especially girls -- this fantasy series might be a good bet. Especially if you've had your fill of sparkly vampires.
This is more of a 4.75. Mainly because I felt the book changed so much from beginning to end.
When we first meet Fawn and Dag the story seems like one...moreThis is more of a 4.75. Mainly because I felt the book changed so much from beginning to end.
When we first meet Fawn and Dag the story seems like one of action and war. It's brutal and they both have to fight for their lives, saving each other in the process. It evolves into a rather simple, but very nice, romance, however. Since the over-riding arc of the story is completed over the course of several books, the change of tone makes this book itself feel unfinished. Since I plan to read on, it won't be a problem, but this book really kind of feels like a prologue.
Fawn is a young farmer woman who has decided to leave her home and travel to the nearest big town, Glassforge. Dag is part of a unit of Lakewalkers patrolling the area in search of a "malice", a creature that can take animals and give them human shape and language, taking power from its victims until it's big enough to cause real havoc and bloodshed in the population. The Lakewalkers are tasked by tradition and their unique abilities to hunt and fight "malices" and the "mudmen" they create. They are not nearly appreciated enough by the farmers and vice versa.
Dag and Fawn are both damaged in different ways and they touch something in each other that no one else can. Dag is much older than Fawn, be warned, this is definitely a May/December thing. But it ultimately doesn't seem squicky (she's of age, of course) or odd because he sees her as an equal and raises her confidence in ways no one else ever has. I often forgot the age difference as they became actual companions and partners and I fell for their romance in a big way.
The writing is fantastic. Eloquent, descriptive, funny, and romantic, I was fairly enthralled the whole time. I'd been wanting to try this author for a long time but didn't know where to start. Finding books 1, 2 & 3 of this series at the UBS made my decision for me and I'm so happy for it.(less)
This story is like a roller coaster. It goes chinka-chinka-chinka up the hill, building anticipation, maybe throwing a couple of jerky turns along the...moreThis story is like a roller coaster. It goes chinka-chinka-chinka up the hill, building anticipation, maybe throwing a couple of jerky turns along the way to keep you on your toes and then ... HOLY CRAP MOTHER F*CKER WHAT THE F*CK OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!
Won't say much because this is the second book of a trilogy and the story is so tightly crafted my impressions won't mean much until I've...moreMind. Blown.
Won't say much because this is the second book of a trilogy and the story is so tightly crafted my impressions won't mean much until I've read the whole thing.
The adventure, the suspense, the poignancy were all dead on in this installment. Even the parts that I thought I didn't love as much made so much more sense by the end. I still have a few story speculations going on, but I'll keep them to myself until after I've read the third installment.
If you like epic fantasy and you haven't read this trilogy, you absolutely must get started. (less)
I'm finally getting to this author after many recommendations and I'm thrilled. I think this past year has been amazing for me with new authors. I'm p...moreI'm finally getting to this author after many recommendations and I'm thrilled. I think this past year has been amazing for me with new authors. I'm pleased as punch!
Anyway, Mercy Thompson is a great heroine. She's not too tough, not too sweet, just right. And lots of guys dig her. But for once I can see why. So often I can't figure out why some vinegary miss is catching all the love, but Mercy's a really well drawn, well rounded character.
And the males are hawt. Shoooo. Adam? Gimme.
But I digress.
Most of my friends have already read this series if they like Urban Fantasy so I'm not telling them anything new. But those who are interested should seriously jump in.
So why the missing star? Because the culmination of the mystery is kind of ... what the? ... really? ... he couldn't think of any other way to accomplish that? ... seriously?
But it's all good. I do allow myself to go back-to-back on new authors that I liked -- up to two -- before I switch it up. Per Dina's rules I can't read the entire PB backlist in a week, so I won't. But I think I just climbed aboard another series train. Lord help my wallet.
PS: Please don't put any spoilers in the comments here. Like, I don't want to know if Adam turns out to be a huge butt head or anything. I like my blissful ignorance until the train runs me over. Thanks!(less)